Easy peasy

Roger Federer cruised into the semi-finals of the US Open for the seventh time in a row early this morning, crushing Robin Soderling in straight sets 6-4 6-4 7-5 in a match dominated not by Federer’s swashbuckling play but by the howling wind, which was so strong that the pair had to re-toss their serves on several occasions.

The Swiss will now face big-hitting Serb Novak Djokovic in the semi-final, and should he win could end up facing number one seed Rafael Nadal in the final everyone wants to see.

‘It's not easy, you know,’ said Federer after the match. It's cold, everywhere it's blowing. You feel like it's blowing through your ears and into your eyes. I used to dislike it so much (but) I'm on the other side now. I was able to turn it around and kind of take enjoyment out of playing in the wind.

‘I've played in such strong winds, I've practiced in such hot conditions. Whatever you throw at me, I can do it. Obviously if it's snowing and tough, then it gets a bit different (but) I haven't had that yet, so I guess I would freak out when that starts happening.’

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