Fed Express steams into Melbourne semis

Roger Federer produced a near flawless display in his straight set demolition of Mischa Zverev to reach the Australian Open semi-finals.

The Swiss Maestro eased past Zverev 6-1, 7-5, 6-2 on the hard courts of the Rod Laver Arena in a touch over 90 minutes on a blustery Melbourne evening.

Federer's hyper-aggressive tactics once again paid off, with his sultry backhand and pinpoint accuracy on serve helping him to 65 winners.

It was a baptism of fire for Zverev in the opener, as a ruthless Federer successfully rushed the net and the set to close it out in an incredible 19 minutes after two breaks of serve.

However, Zverev found his feet in the second set, often beating Federer at his own game. While he only won half of his 22 net points, the pressure gave Federer something to think about and often forced the error, leading to an early break for the German.

But Federer would break right back and after swapping service games would win the last three games in fine style.

The 17-time grand slam winner went 4-2 up in the final set and then after a marathon seventh game – where Zverev saved six break points – Federer would finally capitalise then serve out the match. 

Despite the loss, it was a tournament to remember for Zverev, who knocked out top seed Andy Murray and John Isner to reach his first grand slam quarter-final. 

“Zverev played an incredible tournament, great win against Isner and backed it up by beating Andy,” said Federer in is on court interview.

“I was so happy for him, he’s gone through some tough times and it’s great to see guys like that back on the court.

“Unfortunately not so many serve and volleyers anymore, but it makes for nice points. Lots of passing shots and forehand winners, and very athletic. It’s great to watch.”

Federer, who faces fellow Swiss star Stan Wawrinka in the semi-final, has now reached the final four of the event 13 times. He leads the head-to-head statistic against Wawrinka 18-3.

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