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|Roger Federer put away Richard Gasquet in straight sets for a shot at his fifth straight Wimbledon title.|
With Gasquet serving at 6-5, the Frenchman was only two points away from forcing a first-set tiebreaker, but Federer won four straight points to take the set. "The first set was crucial,'' Federer said. "He should have at least got to the tiebreaker. I came out somehow and played really well for 10 minutes and was up a set and a break, and that was pretty much it after that.'' In the second set, Federer held in the first game and then broke again, eventually taking a 3-0 lead. After the set ended, the 12th-seeded Gasquet called for a trainer to look at his left ankle. His ferocious backhands and whipping cross-court forehands again won him points, but Federer was too good, breaking Gasquet to lead 4-3 in the final set. The 25-year-old Federer, who is the oldest of the four men's semifinalists, is trying to win a fifth consecutive Wimbledon title, something only Bjorn Borg has done in the past 100 years. Borg, who won his titles from 1976-80, watched the match from the stands, wearing a purple-and-green tie -- the colors of the All England Club.
"It is tricky when you see him sitting there because he is a living legend,'' Federer said. "I have so much respect for him that it is great that he's here. I hope I can do the job tomorrow.'' Gasquet came back from a two-set deficit to beat Andy Roddick on Friday in the quarterfinals. "Everything was difficult because I finished at 8:00 [p.m.] yesterday,'' Gasquet said. "I have to play at noon, so that's not easy. I was tired.'' Federer didn't look tired. The 10-time Grand Slam champion dropped his first set of the tournament in Friday's quarterfinals, but hadn't played a full match in one day since beating Marat Safin in the third round last Friday.
Roger Federer extended his record grass-court winning streak with his semifinal victory Saturday at Wimbledon. He'll try to win his 54th straight match on grass Sunday in the final.
|Indoor carpet||McEnroe, 65|
|Hard court||Federer, 56|