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Tennis: Federer reaches Indian Wells final

Published on Mar 16, 2014 6:04 AM
 
Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates his victory over Ukraine's Aleksandr Dolgopolov in the BNP Paribas Open semifinals at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 15, 2014 in Indian Wells, California. Four-time champion Roger Federer marched into the final of the Indian Wells ATP Masters on Saturday with a masterful 6-3, 6-1 victory over Alexandr Dolgopolov. -- PHOTO: AFP

INDIAN WELLS, United States (AFP) - Four-time champion Roger Federer marched into the final of the Indian Wells ATP Masters on Saturday with a masterful 6-3, 6-1 victory over Alexandr Dolgopolov.

Federer, the 17-time Grand Slam champion who is seeded seventh here this year, dominated the 31st-ranked Dolgopolov, thwarting the Ukrainian's bid to become just the sixth player to beat both Rafael Nadal and Federer in the same tournament.

Federer put 72 per cent of his first serves in play and did not face break point in an efficient display before an adoring crowd at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden's stadium court.

"It was one of my best serving days ever," he said. "When you are serving like that, everything seems easier. I was just going for it out there."

 
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