Federer eased through 6-2 6-2 while holder Djokovic enjoyed a
walkover when quarter-final opponent Mikhail Youzhny withdrew
Third seed Tomas Berdych, who finished runner-up to Djokovic in
2013, faces seventh seed Philipp Kohlschreiber in the other
Berdych overcame fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4 6-3 while
Kohlschreiber beat Tunisian wildcard Malek Jaziri 6-2 6-3.
Federer holds a 16-15 lead in head-to-head matches with Djokovic but
the Serb has won their last three meetings, including their most
recent match at the ATP World Tour Finals in London in November.
"We know each other very well, and we've played each other
everywhere and all the surfaces, you name it," Federer told
"I think we always play the match-up actually very good, because we
play explosive, aggressive tennis, so there is always some
shot-making going on.
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"I'm looking forward to the match. One match, best of three sets on
a court like this, it's a bit of ‘let's see what happens', anyway.
We both know that."
Federer started slowly against Rosol, the man who knocked Rafa Nadal
out of the second round at Wimbledon in 2012, losing his opening
service game for an early 0-2 deficit.
Any hopes of the Czech pulling off another huge shock were
short-lived with the Swiss reeling off the next six games.
The second set started where the first ended with Federer breaking
Rosol twice in his opening three service games as the 32-year-old
comfortably reached his third semi-final in his three tournaments so
far this season.
(Writing by Tom Hayward; Editing by Justin Palmer)
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