999 not out for Federer

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Published: Saturday 10th January 2015 by The News Editor

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Roger Federer moved on to 999 tour-level victories as he beat Grigor Dimitrov 6-2 6-2 in the semi-finals of the Brisbane International on Saturday.

The world number two will face Milos Raonic in Sunday’s final, with the opportunity to join Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl as the only players to reach four figures in the Open Era.

Federer, the top seed, needed only 53 minutes to see off number four Dimitrov, winning 75 percent of his service points and breaking the Bulgarian four times.

Having finished runner-up to Lleyton Hewitt in this tournament last year, Federer is hoping to go one better in order to seal his 83rd tour-level title.

To do so, he will need to beat third-seeded Raonic, who overcame number two Kei Nishikori in a two-and-a-half battle that finished 6-7 (4/7) 7-6 (7/4) 7-6 (7/4).

Published: Saturday 10th January 2015 by The News Editor

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