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Federer cruises into Australian Open final


STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Roger Federer eases into the final of the Australian Open in Melbourne
  • Top seed and world number one beats Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2 6-3 6-2 in one hour 28 minutes
  • Federer will play Britain's Andy Murray in Sunday's final as he bids for a 16th grand slam title
RELATED TOPICS
  • Tennis
  • Australian Open

(CNN) -- Roger Federer was at his imperious best to dismiss the challenge of France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets to reach the final of the Australian Open in Melbourne on Friday.

Federer will battle Britain's Andy Murray for the title after his 6-2 6-3 6-2 victory in just one hour 28 minutes on the Rod Laver Arena.

The world number one was barely troubled by an opponent who could could not reproduce the form which had seen him beat 2008 champion Novak Djokovic in a five-set quarterfinal.

Swiss maestro Federer will be bidding to extend his all-time record of 15 grand slam titles when he plays fifth seed Murray on Sunday.

It will be the 22nd grand slam final of his remarkable career and 18th of the last 19 majors.

The only break in the sequence was his semifinal loss to Djokovic in 2008 in the Australian Open, which he has won three times.

The 28-year-old lost in the final in Melbourne last year to Rafael Nadal, who was dispatched by the in-form Murray in the quarterfinals.

It's nice going through a match like that
--Roger Federer

But on the evidence of Friday's semifinal, Federer will not face a repeat of his tearful five-set loss to Nadal.

He did not face a single break point against Tsonga, who appeared overawed and nervous.

"It's nice going through a match like that," Federer said in his post-match interview.

"I think against top players, it's always positive if you can win the first set."

Tsonga quickly found himself two sets down and hit a weak backhand into the net at break point down to give Federer a 2-1 lead in the third.

A further break as the 24-year-old Frenchman produced a double fault gave Federer a 4-1 lead and the match was all but over.

Federer duly served out and claimed the match as Tsonga hit a forehand wide.

Murray beat Croatian Marin Cilic in the first semifinal on Thursday and will be hoping to end his nation's 74-year wait for a grand slam singles winner.

But according to Tsonga, his task will be all but impossible if Federer repeats the form he showed against him.

"I think nobody," he said when asked by a reporter if any player could beat him.

"He was good, he was good. He took the ball earlier than me, and he was just better than me," added a chastened Tsonga.