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Hewitt tames big-hitting Johansson

Lleyton Hewitt

NEW YORK -- Lleyton Hewitt tamed big-hitting Swede Joachim Johansson, cruising through 6-4 7-5 6-3 in one hour 59 minutes, to reach his second U.S. Open final, in New York.

One service break in each set was enough for the 2001 champion to extend his winning roll to 16 and set up a showdown with Roger Federer.

Hewitt withstood an early barrage from Johansson, saving a solitary break point, before breaking the 28th seed's ferocious serve for the first time in the 10th game.

Johansson, playing in his first grand slam semifinal, produced his usual smattering of booming aces to stay in the match, but he could make no impression on Hewitt's serve.

The relentless Hewitt seized his chance for a two-set lead when Johansson served at 5-6 and then broke to love to stretch to 5-3 in the third before serving out with ease.

The match was watched by Hewitt's sister Jaslyn, who is also the long-term girlfriend of Johansson.

"She's my sister so I hope she was supporting me," joked Hewitt who is yet to drop a set at this year's tournament.

"It was a bit awkward for both of us but we just had to put our professional hats on.

"I've been playing well all summer and there's just one match to go now."

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