Federer tops Roddick

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, Last Updated: 3:38 PM ET

BASEL, Switzerland - Roger Federer thrilled the home crowd with a straight-set win over American Andy Roddick in the semifinals of the Swiss Indoors tennis event and will take on Serbia's Novak Djokovic for the title on Sunday.

The top-seeded Federer rolled to a 6-2, 6-4 victory on Saturday and will play for the title in his hometown tournament for the fifth straight year. He won the championship from 2006-08 before losing to Djokovic in last year's final.

Djokovic, this week's second seed, advanced with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 triumph over fellow Serb Viktor Troicki. It marked the first-ever all-Serbian semifinal in ATP Tour history.

Troicki served for the first set with a 6-5 edge and opened a 40-0 lead in the game, but Djokovic won five straight points to force a tiebreaker. After Djokovic calmly won the tiebreak, he broke serve in the seventh game of the second set and held from there to win the match.

In the second semifinal, Federer broke Roddick's serve twice to win the opening set easily, then watched Roddick take a 2-0 lead in the second set. The Swiss superstar, though, regrouped and broke Roddick twice more to improve to 20-2 lifetime against the American.

Djokovic will try for his 19th career title and third of 2010, having also captured events in Dubai and Beijing. He was also a finalist at the U.S. Open, losing to Rafael Nadal in the title match after beating Federer in the semifinals.

Federer, meanwhile, will be gunning for his 65th career title, which would break a tie for fourth on the all-time list with Pete Sampras. Only Jimmy Connors (109), Ivan Lendl (994) and John McEnroe (77) have more.

The 16-time Grand Slam champ has won three times this year, capturing the Australian Open, the Cincinnati Masters and the Stockholm event in his last outing just two weeks ago. In addition, he's lost in finals at Madrid, Halle, Toronto and Shanghai.

Federer and Djokovic are no strangers to each other. They've swapped places in the world rankings this year, with Federer now No. 2 and Djokovic No. 3.

Sunday will mark the 18th match between the two superstars and the fourth this year. Federer has won 11 times, including semifinal victories in Toronto and Shanghai earlier this year, while Djokovic's lone win in 2010 came at Flushing Meadows.

The two have also split four previous title matches, the last coming in this event last year.

In the men's doubles, Americans Bob and Mike Bryan cruised to a 6-1, 6-2 win over Janko Tipsarevic and Yen-Hsun Lu in the semifinals to guarantee themselves the season-ending No. 1 ranking for the sixth time in eight years.


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