NEW YORK: Five-time champion Roger Federer put on a tennis masterclass on Wednesday, routing Richard Gasquet to reach his 10th US Open semi-final, where he will face close friend Stan Wawrinka.
The 34-year-old, bidding to become the oldest champion in New York in 45 years, took just 87 minutes to beat Gasquet for the 15th time in 17 meetings, his 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 victory only revealing half the story.
The Swiss fired 50 winners and 16 aces and did not face a single break point.
Federer hasn't dropped a set at the tournament in five rounds and has been broken just twice.
But he will be wary of the danger posed by Wawrinka despite holding a 16-3 career edge.
Wawrinka defeated him in their last meeting in straight sets in the quarter-finals on his way to the French Open title in June.
"I faced the big serves of John Isner in the last round so I felt tonight I had a little extra time," said second seed Federer. AFP