Roger Federer made short work of Andy Roddick this time, winning, 6-2, 6-4, in the Swiss Indoors semifinals at Basel, Switzerland, on Saturday in their first rematch since the epic 2009 Wimbledon final.
Federer broke Roddick’s serve twice in each set and fired 13 aces to the American’s four to win in 69 minutes.
Last time at Wimbledon, Federer broke Roddick once in the 39th attempt to win 16-14 in the fifth set after 4 hours 16 minutes.
“It’s unfortunate my bad serving day came today,” Roddick said. “I was just a little bit out of rhythm. You can’t afford to do that against Roger.”
The top-seeded Swiss improved his career record to 20-2 against Roddick.
Only retired greats Boris Becker and Ivan Lendl have more victories against a single opponent in the past 30 years. Becker had a 25-10 hold on Stefan Edberg, and Lendl held a 22-13 edge on Jimmy Connors and 21-15 over John McEnroe.
Federer will face defending champion Novak Djokovic in the final on Sunday. Djokovic beat his Serbian Davis Cup teammate Viktor Troicki, 7-6 (4), 6-4.
David Ferrer reached his fifth final of the year with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Robin Soderling at the Valencia Open in Spain, and Marcel Granollers ensured an all-Spanish matchup by beating Gilles Simon.
Ana Ivanovic celebrated her 23rd birthday by outlasting 40-year-old Kimiko Date Krumm in a 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-2 thriller to reach the Tournament of Champions at Bali, Indonesia.
Ivanovic and Alisa Kleybanova will play the year’s last singles final on the WTA Tour after the Russian beat Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia, 6-3, 6-1.
Golf: Francesco Molinari maintains lead over Lee Westwood; Tiger Woods falters at HSBC Champions
Francesco Molinari matched the lowest score of Saturday’s third round and still had to make a 10-foot birdie putt on the last hole to keep a one-shot lead over Lee Westwood entering the final round of the HSBC Champions at Sheshan International in Shanghai. Luke Donald of England was four shots behind.
Tiger Woods hooked his tee shot into the water on the par-five second hole for the second straight day, and his back-to-back bogeys early in the round stalled him. He shot a 73 and was 11 shots out of the lead.
Barring a most improbable comeback, Woods will end his PGA Tour season without a victory for the first time in his career. He will have had 14 years with at least one victory, three years short of the record held by Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus.
Michael Allen shot a course-record 10-under 61 to take a one-stroke lead over defending champion John Cook in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in San Francisco.
The 51-year-old Allen had 10 birdies, the last on the par-four 18th, in his bogey-free round at Harding Park for the lowest round of his career. He also matched the best round of the year on the Champions Tour.
Cook, the winner last year at Sonoma Golf Club, shot a 67.
South Korea’s Jiyai Shin shot a six-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead over American Stacy Lewis after the second round of the Mizuno Classic in Shima, Japan.
Surfing: Kelly Slater wins 10th world title at Rip Curl Pro Search
Surfer Kelly Slater won a record 10th world title at the Rip Curl Pro Search at Isabela, Puerto Rico.
The 38-year-old Slater scored two barrels in the first five minutes of his heat against Brazilian Adriano de Souza, earning a perfect 10 from two of five judges.
Officials had suspended the Rip Curl event for two days to honor Slater’s rival, Andy Irons. Irons had withdrawn from the event last weekend and was found dead on Tuesday in a Dallas hotel room while on a layover en route to his home on Kauai.
Auto racing: Brad Keselowski clinches Nationwide title
Brad Keselowski clinched the Nationwide season title by finishing third in at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, giving owner Roger Penske his first championship in one of NASCAR’s national series.
Keselowski, who had to finish only 21st or better to wrap up the driver’s championship with two races left, crossed the line behind winner Carl Edwards and runner-up Kyle Busch to earn his 24th top-five result of the season.
Etc.: Trail Blazers sign Sean Marks
The Portland Trail Blazers have signed big man Sean Marks to help the team while Joel Przybilla and Greg Oden heal from knee surgeries. Marks will back up Marcus Camby at center.
The NBA has fined Charlotte Bobcats guard Stephen Jackson $50,000 for verbally abusing a referee after Friday’s loss to Detroit.
The New England Patriots have activated offensive lineman Logan Mankins for their game Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.
The Michigan State trustees have officially approved a one-year contract extension for basketball coach Tom Izzo that puts him under contract until 2017.
Former world champion Miki Ando dominated the free skate to win the Cup of China in Beijing.
American Mirai Nagasu — who won Friday’s short program — finished fourth after falling while attempting a triple flip, double toeloop.
Takahiko Kozuka of Japan won the men’s competition.
The Washington Nationals have waived left-handed pitchers Scott Olsen and Jesse English.
The United States and Brazil both won in the second round to stay undefeated at the women’s volleyball world championships at Nagoya, Japan.
Destinee Hooker scored a team-high 19 points as the Americans defeated the Czech Republic, 25-20, 25-20, 25-13, in Group F to improve to 6-0. The Czechs dropped to 3-3.
Formula One world champion Jenson Button escaped unhurt after an attempted armed attack on his car as he left the Brazilian Grand Prix circuit in Sao Paulo, his McLaren team said.
McLaren said Button was quickly driven away from danger by an armed policeman trained in avoidance techniques who was at the wheel of the reinforced armored vehicle provided by the team.