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Federer reaches US Open semifinals

World tennis number one Roger Federer will meet fourth-seeded Novak Djokovic in the US Open semifinals.

This content was published on September 10, 2009 - 08:02

The Swiss beat world number 12 Robin Söderling on Wednesday night 6-0, 6-3, 6-7 (6), 7-6 (6) to reach his 22nd consecutive Grand Slam semifinal.

Federer has won 39 successive matches at the American Grand Slam tournament in New York, where he is trying to become the first man since Bill Tilden in the 1920s to win six titles in a row.

He last failed to reach the semifinals at a major tournament when he lost in the third round of the 2004 French Open. No other man has ever managed more than a series of ten Grand Slam semifinals.

"Not what I aimed for, that's for sure," Federer said of his record semifinal streak. "Probably one of the greatest records for me, personally, in my career. Glad it keeps going."

Federer will play Djokovic on Saturday. Federer beat the Serb in the 2007 final and 2008 semifinals at Flushing Meadows.

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