Federer nearly flawless in reaching final

Roger Federer was nearly flawless in his straight-sets U.S. Open semifinal win over Nikolay Davydenko. Bonnie DeSimone writes how the mental aspect of Federer's game has taken him to the top of the sport.

Updated: September 9, 2006, 9:37 PM ET
By Bonnie DeSimone | Special to ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Nikolay Davydenko had a slightly sandblasted look when he walked into his post-match news conference Saturday, as if he'd just hiked through a windstorm in the desert.

The seventh-seeded Russian might have harbored the faint hope that he could give Roger Federer a hassle in their U.S. Open semifinal, even though the world No. 1 had won all seven of their previous meetings. In their most recent match, Davydenko roped Federer into tiebreaks in the final two sets of a four-set loss ...

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