Federer dismisses Roddick in Basel

Sat, 06 Nov 16:21:00 2010

Roger Federer cruised to victory over Andy Roddick 6-2, 6-4 in his hometown of Basel to set up a final against Novak Djokovic on Sunday.

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Both players came into the match in good form - having not lost a set all week - but Federer looked the classier player, as he has in the vast majority of matches between the pair in the last decade. Federer improved his head-to-head record against Roddick, 20-2.

Roddick was immediately playing catch-up as he spurned chances at deuce to serve out his first service game, and failed to convert two break-back point opportunities in the fifth game of the set.

At the other end Federer was beating Roddick at his own game as he sent down a full house of four aces to hold to love in game seven. He then broke Roddick for a second time in game eight with a stunning cross court forehand winner, to take the first set 6-2.

Roddick got the perfect start to the second set as he brought up a break point in the first game of the set with a well-judged cross court backhand which Federer left, thinking it was going wide. The Texan was unable to take that break point, but would not have to wait long for another as he broke from deuce.

Two games later Federer showed why he is considered the greatest of all time as he dug out a huge forehand from Roddick, playing the ball at the most exquisite angle to leave his opponent helpless.

Roddick would throw away his break of serve in game six as he gifted three break points to his opponent with a double fault and then hit a backhand long to put the match back on serve.

Federer the brokeRoddick again in game ten, and again the American was the master of his own downfall as he stopped mid-point to incorrectly challenge a call, and then gave his opponent match point by double faulting.

Federer needed just the one match point and sealed victory with a whipped forehand cross court to set up a final on Sunday with Novak Djokovic.

Dan Rumens / Eurosport

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