Federer makes light work of Gasquet

Roger Federer continued to roll back the years as he eased into the US Open semi-finals courtesy of a 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 win over Richard Gasquet.

Flushing Meadows has always been a special place for the world number two who won five consecutive US Open titles from 2004 to 2008, and while now 34 years of age, on Wednesday night he looked much like the player of a decade ago who was oh so dominant.

The 12th-seeded Gasquet made just 14 unforced errors, one fewer than Stan Wawrinka made in his straight-sets victory in the night's second quarter-final, but was overwhelmed by Federer's all-round game.

At 3-2 up in the first set, Federer spotted an opening and upped his game to claim the first break of the match before going on to serve out the opening set 6-3.

Federer kept the positive momentum going with an early break in the third at he went 3-1 up and never looked back. The Swiss was brilliant on attack and defence, hitting 50 winners in an encounter that lasted just short of 90 minutes.

Gasquet, a semi-finalist in New York in 2013, was playing well, but he was reduced to a mere passenger by Federer as the Swiss again secured an early break, this time in the second game of the third set.

There was no coming back for Gasquet as Federer refused to take his foot off the gas, surrendering just seven points on his first serve across three sets as he grabbed a second break on his way to seeing out the set 6-1 and with it the match.

Federer is now just two victories short of a record sixth US Open title, with compatriot Stan Wawrinka the next man standing in his way.

Wawrinka booked his spot in the final four courtesy of a 6-4, 6-4, 6-0 win over South African Kevin Anderson.