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Flawless Federer crushes Safin

sports Updated: Jul 04, 2008 20:59 IST

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Roger Federer marched into his sixth consecutive Wimbledon final with an awe-inspiring demolition of the revitalised Marat Safin.

A near flawless display ensured the world number one was detained on Centre Court for just one hour and 41 minutes as he compiled a 6-3, 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 win over the Russian to set up what is expected to be another showdown with Rafael Nadal in the final.

Nadal had to overcome Germany's Rainer Schuettler in the second semi-final to keep that appointment.

But everything points to a potential classic on Sunday with Federer insisting he is ready to claim revenge for the mauling he received at the hands of his Spanish rival in last month's French Open final.

"It is great," Federer said after wrapping up what was his 65th straight win on grass. "It is a beautiful feeling to have the opportunity to win the title again here."

Federer, who is bidding to become the first player to win six consecutive titles at the All England since the 19th Century, admitted he had been surprised by the ubiquity of predictions that Nadal would deny him the place in history he craves.

"I guess you can say what ever you like but I was surprised by how intense it was," he said. "But the fact was that Rafa beat me so easily in Paris and went on to win at Queens.

"He has been playing fantastically but don't write me off too quickly because this is my part of the season, Wimbledon and the US Open.