Federer battles into last four


Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:00

Federer was solid if unspectacular in the face of some powerful hitting from the unfancied Luxemburger to close out the match 7-6 (7/5) 6-4 7-6 (7/5).

The four-time defending champion was expected to sweep aside Muller, who had enjoyed a dream run after being ranked 130 in the world before the tournament.

The contrast in the two players’ careers was none better illustrated by the fact Federer was gunning for this 18th consecutive appearance in a Grand Slam semi-final, while Muller’s best effort was a third-round showing at Wimbledon three years ago.

However, Muller coupled his heavy hitting with the same steely resolve that had helped him edge a five-set thriller against fifth seed Nikolay Davydenko in the previous round to cause the Swiss an uncomfortable afternoon in sweltering conditions on Arthur Ashe Court.


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