Express Fed storms into semis

  • Last Updated: January 3 2014, 13:21 GMT

Roger Federer stormed into the semi-finals of the Brisbane Internaional as he dismissed Marinko Matosevic 6-1 6-1 in just 58 minutes.

Roger Federer: Through in under an hour
Roger Federer: Through in under an hour

The Swiss served nine aces and broke serve five times in the pair's first meeting.

Federer, who is also through to the doubles semi-finals with Nicolas Mahut, is looking to win his 78th tour-level title this week.

Next he will face world number 34 Jeremy Chardy, who ended the run of Australian wild card Samuel Groth with a 7-5 6-4 win in 69 minutes.

"Tonight I felt very good against Matosevic who can play very dangerous," said Federer.

"He's got a good enough serve and return as well. But I was able to control most of the match except the very beginning. For that, I'm very happy."

Of Chardy, he said: "He plays very aggressive on the hard courts.

"I remember seeing him play really well in Cincinnati, which is similar to here."

Second seed Kei Nishikori set up a semi-final with home favourite Lleyton Hewitt.

The Japanese player edged Marin Cilic 6-4 5-7 6-2 to book a last-four meeting with Hewitt, who eased to a 6-4 6-2 win over qualifier Marius Copil.

It is the second successive year Nishikori has reached this stage but it was done the hard way, the match lasting two hours and 37 minutes in scorching conditions.

Former world number one Hewitt, by contrast, took just an hour and 12 minutes to defeat Copil, who had upset Gilles Simon on Thursday.

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