Toronto, Canada – MELBOURNE (Reuters) - World number one Roger Federer overcame a sluggish start before advancing to the Australian Open semi-finals with a 2-6 6-3 6-0 7-5 victory over in-form Russian Nikolay Davydenko Wednesday.
Down a set and a break in the second, the Swiss top seed turned the match in the blink of an eye, winning 13 consecutive games to take the next two sets and a 2-0 lead in the fourth as Davydenko was left chasing shadows around the Rod Laver Arena.
Sixth-seeded Davydenko rallied, however, breaking serve twice and saving a match point to claw back into contention, but was broken again at 5-5, allowing Federer to calmly serve out the match and seal it with a forehand winner.
Federer, beaten by Rafa Nadal in the last year's final, has now reached 23 successive grand slam semi-finals since being knocked out of the third round of the French Open in 2004.
He will meet either France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Serbia's Novak Djokovic, who meet in a replay of their 2008 final in the late match on Rod Laver Arena.
(Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by John O'Brien)