Federer, China’s Li through to Melbourne semifinals

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Roger Federer flattened his close buddy Stanislas Wawrinka 6-1 6-3 6-3 while in the women’s division, Li Na of China also advanced to the Australian Open semifinal on Tuesday.

Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a shot during his men's quarterfinal match against compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 25, 2011 Photo: Reuters

Defending champion Federer, the Melbourne second seed, overpowered Wawrinka in an hour and 47 minutes in the first grand slam quarter-final contested by two Swiss men.

Ripping winners from all angles, Federer tore through the first set in just 29 minutes before seizing complete control by adding the second with a looping backhand.

Master broke apprentice again at the start of the third before sealing victory with another vicious backhand, which was too hot for his dazed opponent to handle.

Federer, bidding to extend his record haul of grand slam titles to 17, faces either third seed Novak Djokovic or number six Tomas Berdych in the last four.

Li Na recovered from early stumbles in both sets before blowing away German Andrea Petkovic 6-2 6-4 with a ruthless barrage of clean hitting to storm into her second successive Australian Open semifinal.

Li Na of China celebrates during her match against Andrea Petkovic of Germany at the women's quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 25, 2011

Li, her country's first top-10 player, was broken in the first game of each set but attacked the German's serve furiously to close out the match in 80 minutes at Rod Laver Arena.

Petkovic appeared nervous on her grand slam quarterfinal debut and sprayed two forehands to concede the first set.

Serving to stay in the match in the second, Petkovic slapped a forehand long to hand her Chinese opponent victory, Li celebrating the win by yelping "Yeah!" and grinning at her husband and coach Jiang Shan in the stands.

Li will play either top seed Caroline Wozniacki or Francesca Schiavone for a place in the final.

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