Federer in full command of artillery

Andy Roddick shed his waistline to maneuver with the best, but the stalwart Roger Federer left him immobilized in a straight-sets semifinal win in Oz.

Updated: January 29, 2009, 12:09 PM ET
By Kamakshi Tandon | Special to ESPN.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Federer is betterer. That's the only conclusion for Andy Roddick after his 6-2, 7-5, 7-5 defeat to the Swiss in the Australian Open semifinals.

The win puts "The (Still-)Mighty Roger" one match away from a record-tying 14th Grand Slam, with Rafael Nadal or Fernando Verdasco to be his opponent in the final. Both are Spanish left-handers who hit a mean ball on the forehand side.

"They play pretty identical," Federer joked afterwards. "So I don't ...

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