Jan 30, 2009

Sport - Tennis;Federer into Australian Open final

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Roger Federer has advanced to the Australian Open final and could have his record-equaling 14th Grand Slam wrapped up by Sunday. The Swiss star overpowered American Andy Roddick 6-2, 7-5, 7-5 Thursday in the semifinals.

He'll play either top-seeded Rafael Nadal or Fernando Verdasco in the final the two Spaniards will play their semifinal on Friday. Federer, who lost the French Open and Wimbledon finals to Nadal last year before beating Andy Murray for the U.S. Open title, will attempt to equal Pete Sampras' career Grand Slam mark of 14 with a win Sunday

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