Roddick destruction memorable: Federer
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Roddick destruction memorable: Federer

Federer rates his emphatic victory over Andy Roddick in the semi-finals of the Australian Open as one of the most memorable of his career.

india Updated: Jan 26, 2007 16:24 IST

Roger Federer rates his frighteningly emphatic victory over American rival Andy Roddick in the semi-finals of the Australian Open as one of the most memorable of his career.

Federer annihilated sixth seed Roddick in straight sets in such a convincing fashion that he looms as the hottest of favourites to land his 10th Grand Slam title in Sunday's final against either Tommy Haas or Fernando Gonzalez.

The world number one destroyed Roddick, making a mockery of suggestions that the one-time top-ranked player was closing the gap on the Swiss ace.

It was Roddick's 13th defeat in 14 meetings with Federer, who marches on after equalling the all-time record for consecutive Grand Slam final appearances of seven, held since 1934 by Australian Jack Crawford.

Federer is trying to keep a lid on expectations of another Grand Slam title here this weekend but basked in the afterglow of a sensational performance that made Roddick look second-rate.

"I've played good matches here, but never really almost destroyed somebody. I've done it at the US Open, Wimbledon, French Open, but maybe not so much here because I didn't get so many chances yet.

"At the Australian Open I've won good matches, but never outright dominated another top player on the big stage in the semis or the final.

"For me, that's a highlight of my career to do it right here, so I'm very, very happy about it," Federer said.

Federer, one of the more unassuming world number ones, flatly rejects talk that he is already the greatest player of all-time.

"There's plenty I need to do before I'm the best of all time. I'm so far away from beating the most weeks as number one (286 held by Sampras. Federer currently stands at 156 weeks), Grand Slams I'm still five away. Jimmy Connors has 108 titles. I have 45.

"How can you put me in front of him in terms of titles? It's still far-fetched. If I go at the pace I'm going right now, of course I'll break all records. Nobody's ever done that."

"That's why I say, let's wait and see. I'm definitely on the right track. I'm not injured. I'm playing well. I'm in another finals.

"But I got to do it over and over again for another five years or so. That's the tough part," he said.

As to what he hopes will be his legacy to tennis, Federer says he wants to remembered as an idol to youngsters.

"I just hope I'm remembered as one of the good guys, fair, kind of an idol to kids, because that's what I needed to get started in tennis.

"I'm so happy the way things are going. I'm so proud of all my results and the way I've handled things. I mean, it's tough. All these interviews, all this travelling. Life's not always easy. But it's a great life, and I wouldn't exchange it for anything," he said.

First Published: Jan 26, 2007 16:24 IST