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Roger Federer into semi-finals of US Open after comfortable win over Gasquet

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Roger Federer continued his unbelievable run at grand slams, and his even more unbelievable career by progressing into the semi-finals of the U.S. Open last night.

And much like the rest of the tournament, his opponent Richard Gasquet could only win seven games against the world number two, which has been a recurring theme throughout this year's competition.

In the short space of 89 minutes, Federer dispatched Gasquet 6-3 6-3 6-1, and sent another opponent home in next to no time at all. It epitomises the gulf in class between Federer, world number one Novak Djokovic and the rest.

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And let it not be forgotten that Federer's first title at Flushing Meadows came over 10 years ago now in 2004, which we would go on to see would be his first of five in a row.

Federer's underrated and immaculate first serve would play a pivotal role, serving 16 aces in the match and winning 87% of his first serves, an incredible statistic, one which he would have struggled to lose the game with.

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The strength of his serve meant that Federer did not face a single break point from Gasquet and won eight of the last nine games, breaking Gasquet three times in that time alone.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Federer stressed the importance and the help of a good nights sleep, which he has been able to have as he has finished each game in under two hours so far.

'I believe it's really the sleep that gives you energy again down the road', and the iconic Swiss commented on his volleying game and how it's the best it's been in ten years.

Federer will be hoping to emulate a certain record he set back in 2004 for the fastest ever US Open win, in a whopping 760 minutes (total time on court). 229 minutes faster (almost 4 hours) than the second fastest time set by Pete Sampras in 2002.

Next up for Federer is fellow Swiss, Stanislas Wawrinka, who is the current French Open champion and was able to defeat Federer in straight sets at Roland Garros this year, something that hasn't been achieved by many players.

The world number five was never in any trouble against Andy Murray's conqueror Kevin Anderson, losing just eight games before setting up a semi final clash with his compatriot, which will be eagerly anticipated by Tennis fans from around the world.

The 34-year-old multiple grand slam winner and arguably the best player to ever grace the game, will be hoping he can pick up a record grand slam number 18 later on this week in the Big Apple.

The winner of the all Swiss semi final will face either world number one Novak Djokovic or the current champion Marin Cilic, who seems to have found a tournament he really enjoys playing in, beating Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-3 6-3 6-3 in last year's final.

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US Open Tennis
Stanislas Wawrinka
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Roger Federer

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