Fiery Federer dumps Agassi out of Open
Roger Federer sent out a chilling warning to his title rivals with a straight sets demolition of Andre Agassi to charge into the semi-finals of the Australian Open on Tuesday.
The world number one stretched his unbeaten match streak to 26 as he put the four-time winner and eighth seed to the sword, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in 1 hour 39 minutes.
Federer, who hasn't lost against a top-ten player in 24 matches since October 2003, was irresistible as he tore apart the eight-times Grand Slam champion to set up a semi-final on Thursday with Marat Safin, whom he beat in last year's final.
Yet again the 23-year-old Swiss ace showed why he is in a class of his own as he closes in on his fifth Grand Slam crown and third in a row.
Federer's virtuoso performance enabled him to equal Agassi's stretch of 26 unbeaten matches set back in 1995 — the joint third-longest winning streak since 1990 behind Austrian Thomas Muster's 35 in 1995.