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Federer outserves Karlovic, to face Haas in semifinals

By Rob Peterson    + Follow

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Roger Federer continued his fantastic run at the Grand Slam events by reaching the 21st consecutive semifinal by registering an emphatic win over an Ace-Machine whereas the German Tommy Haas found his resurgence on the green grass with an impressive win over one of the strongest contendor's for this year's title, Novak Djokovic.

Second seed and five time champion Roger Federer continued his supremacy over tall Croatian Ivo Karlovic with an enthralling 6-3, 7-5, 7-6(3) win to reach the semifinals of the Championships, Wimbledon.

Federer started the match well, picking up a break in the third game to wrap up the first set 6-3. The second set saw the serving brilliance of the 6'10'' tall Croat, who aced his way to 5-5 when Federer showed his remarkable athleticism to clinch a crucial break and go up 6-5. The Swiss maestro wasted no time and pocketed the second set 7-5.

It was the third set which saw a real tussle with both players holding serves without much ado. The deciding tie-break witnessed Federer pocket a mini break at 4-2 and from there, the 14 time Grand Slam champion never looked back and sealed the victory with a blistering inside out forehand.

“It’s difficult because there’s not really any baseline rallies on his serve or on my serve,” Federer said. “You expect a tough scoreline all the time. It’s not easy to break him. I’m very happy to break him twice and win the match.”

About his astonishing Grand Slam win-loss record, Federer added - “I love the record I have of reaching so many semifinals in Grand Slams in a row—21 is quite a number. It shows how consistent I’ve been.”

Federer will next meet the German veteran Tommy Haas who reached the first Wimbledon Semifinal of his career with a tough 7-5, 7-6(6), 4-6, 6-3 win over Masters cup champion Novak Djokovic.

During the entire match, Haas looked most impressive when he saved three set points in the tie-break to race to a 2-0 lead in the match.

This is the German's second consecutive victory over the Serbian star, who lost the pair's last encounter in Halle, Germany.

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