Federer, Roddick reach semifinals at TMS Toronto

July 30, 2004 06:14 PM
Roger Federer of Switzerland salutes the cheering crowd after he defeated Fabrice Santoro of France during the Tennis Masters Canada on July 30, 2004 at the Rexall Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Federer defeated Santoro 7-5, 6-4. © Getty Images
TORONTO (Ticker) -- Roger Federer and Andy Roddick are one win each away from a super showdown. Federer and Roddick -- the hottest players in tennis -- both moved into the semifinals with wins Friday in the $2.5 million Tennis Masters Series/Toronto.

The top-seeded Federer ran his winning streak to 21 matches by holding off France's Fabrice Santoro, 7-5, 6-4, in his afternoon quarterfinal. The streak is the longest on the ATP Tour since a 24-match run by Pete Sampras in 1999.

The second-seeded Roddick kept pace with an overwhelming 6-4, 6-2 victory over qualifier Jan Hernych of the Czech Republic. The American has won 20 of his last 21 matches, with his lone loss to Federer in the final at Wimbledon.

Before tennis fans can get excited about Sunday's potential showdown, there is the small matter of the semifinals. Joining Federer and Roddick in the final four are Thomas Johansson of Sweden and Nicolas Kiefer of Germany, who also won Friday. Johansson knocked off namesake Joachim Johansson, 6-3, 7-6 (5), and Kiefer rallied Jurgen Melzer of Germany, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1.

In the semifinals, Federer gets Johansson and Roddick gets Kiefer. Federer appears to have the easier match because, well, he's Roger Federer. He had 47 winners in his quarterfinal to improve his 2004 record to an unreal 55-4, including 27-2 on hard courts.

The native of Switzerland is looking for his eighth title of the year, which would be the most on tour since Thomas Muster won 12 in 1995. Among his victories are the French Open and Wimbledon.

Roddick has the tougher opponent in Kiefer, who is 4-0 in semifinals but 0-4 in finals this year. Last week, Roddick defeated Kiefer in straight sets to claim his second straight Indianapolis hardcourt title and fourth this season.

Roddick is on a similar roll to the one he had last summer, when he went 27-1 during the hardcourt season, capping it with a U.S. Open title.

After amassing 52 aces in two wins Thursday, Joachim Johansson's serve deserted him. He had just nine in his quarterfinal loss to Thomas Johansson.

Melzer upset Andre Agassi on Thursday, that magic evaporated against Kiefer.