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Federer makes Karlovic look small to set up Haas meeting

FIVE-TIME champion Roger Federer admitted his sights were already trained on a sixth title after beating Croatian giant Ivo Karlovic to reach the semi-finals.<br /><br />Federer booked his 21st consecutive Grand Slam last four place with a comfortable 6-3, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) win over the 6ft 10in ace machine.<br /><br />And the world No2, who will meet surprise package Tommy Haas in the semis, declared himself ready to reclaim the crown he lost to Rafael Nadal 12 months ago.<br /><br />&ldquo;Once you are in this kind of position you try to win the tournament. It is great that I have been able to play consistently this week, it has been good and I&rsquo;m really excited,&rdquo; said Federer.<br /><br />&ldquo;I have just won Madrid Masters and beat Rafa Nadal there, I won Paris for the first time and have come into Wimbledon on a winning streak.<br /><br />&ldquo;I love the record I have in reaching so many Grand Slam semi-finals. Twenty-one is quite a number and it shows how consistent and injury-free I&rsquo;ve been.&rdquo;<br /><br />With Karlovic reliant on his huge serve, which had gone unbroken in 80 games at the tournament before yesterday, and Federer always reliable in that department too, it became a question of who could return better. And Federer&rsquo;s class told in the fifth game of the opening set. The Swiss star broke just in time to take the second, and needed a tie-break to complete a straightforward win.<br /><br />Haas, the 24th seed, shocked world No4 Novak Djokovic in four sets to claim a Wimbledon semi-final place for the first time. The German veteran, 31, who also beat the Serb at last month&rsquo;s warm-up event in Halle, defeated his 22-year-old opponent 7-5, 7-6 (8-6), 4-6, 6-3. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s unbelievable,&rdquo; Haas said. &ldquo;There no words for it. I&rsquo;m playing my best tennis and getting this far is a great feeling.&rdquo;