Roger Federer vs. James Duckworth
James Duckworth of Australia (R) walks off the court after losing in straight sets to Roger Federer of Switzerland (L) in their men's singles quarter-final match at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, January 9, 2015. Reuters

World no. 2 and top seed Roger Federer of Switzerland defeated James Duckworth of Australia in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0 in the quarterfinals of the men’s singles competition of the 2015 Brisbane International at the Queensland Tennis Centre in Queensland, Australia. Federer’s performance was far from his opening round form when John Millman also from Australia stretched the Swiss Maestro to three sets and when Federer had to come back from one set down to win the match.

"I'm very happy actually. I saved energy and stress and nerves and everything because yesterday was quite nerve wracking and physically difficult because it was first match of the season," Federer, who finished the quarterfinal match in just 39 minutes, said via the Daily Mail. “I felt tired. This morning, I had muscle pain and all that stuff. So I'm very happy I got it done quickly today.”

Federer was the runner up in last year’s Brisbane International losing to Australian Lleyton Hewitt in the championship round, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3. With this kind of performance it seems like he’s no track to return to the final again. Federer faces another top contender in Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov, who defeated Martin Klizan, 6-3 6-4 in his QF match, in the semifinals. Dimitrov was a also a finalist in this Australian tournament in 2013.

In other quarterfinal matches on Friday, Milos Raonic (Canada) defeated S. Groth (Australia), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 7-6 (2) and Kei Nishikori (Japan) beat Bernard Tomic (Australia), 6-0, 6-4. Raonic will meet Nishikori in the other semifinal pairing. The event held in Australia had 3 Australians in the quarterfinals but none was good enough to beat the top-ranked players in tennis. The Brisbane International is a warm-up event for the Grand Slam tournament, 2015 Australian Open scheduled scheduled from Jan. 19 to Feb. 1.

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