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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Top seed Roger Federer put on a virtuoso display to blow away Andy Roddick 6-4 6-0 6-2 and reach the Australian Open final on Thursday.

The Swiss defending champion unleashed an unstoppable barrage of winners to shatter the American sixth seed and book a place in a record-equaling seventh consecutive grand slam final.

"I was really worried going into this match he had been playing so well,said Federer.

"But I had one of those days where everything worked. It's just unreal, I'm shocked myself, I don't know what to say."

Federer won a tight first set after breaking in the ninth game and served out to win it with his sixth ace, but it was one-way traffic after that as the world number one took 11 straight games against a shell-shocked Roddick.

The Swiss raced through the second set in just 22 minutes, using a bewildering array of shots from the back of the court to frustrate Roddick.

Roddick ended the streak at 11 games to make it 2-1 in the fourth but Federer broke again to make it 4-1 and sealed victory in 83 minutes on his second match point with a forehand winner, his 45th of an astonishingly one-sided semifinal.

Federer will play the winner of Friday's semifinal between Chilean 10th seed Fernando Gonzalez and German 12th seed Tommy Haas in the final, when the Swiss will bid to win his 10th grand slam title.

Roddick's reaction to his drubbing was:"It was frustrating, it was miserable, it sucked. Apart from that it was fine."

Roddick, a former world number one and U.S. Open champion, paid tribute to his opponent's devastating performance.

"He played well, no doubt, he was coming up with some great shots tonight. He outplayed me, he played a lot better than me and he deserves all the praise that he gets, not just for what he does on the court but how he handles himself."

Roddick said he had no inkling before the match that he was in for such a trouncing.

Discouraged

"I didn't foresee it at all," he said. "You try not to get discouraged, you try to take it like a man and I will get up in the morning and try and work out how to go forward from here."

The 24-year-old admitted he had not played up to the standard of tennis he produced on the way to the semifinals, with victories over former champion Marat Safin and ninth seed Mario Ancic.

"I don't feel like I played like I have for the rest of the tournament," he said.

Roddick said Federer would be the overwhelming favorite to win Sunday's final.

"I think their chances of beating him are slim," Roddick said.

Asked if he would be able to sleep after such a heavy defeat, he replied: "It depends how much I drink."


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Federer will meet either Fernando Gonzalez or Tommy Haas in the final.

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