Roger Federer sent out an ominous warning to Andy Murray as he rolled into the Australian Open final with a crushing straight sets win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
The Swiss maestro, who is bidding for a fourth title at Melbourne Park, barely needed to raise a sweat as he took just one hour and 28 minutes to clinch a 6-2 6-3 6-2 victory.
Federer will now meet Murray in Sunday’s final and if the Scot ever needed any reminding of the task he faces the world number one provided it with the consummate ease of his win.
Federer completely dominated on his serve conceding just 15 points in his 13 games on delivery to leave Tsonga, the 10th seed, shell-shocked.
With no pressure no his serve Federer worked away at Tsonga’s delivery, which was not as potent as usual with the Frenchman seemingly troubled by an abdominal injury.
Federer broke serve on five occasions to book a re-match of the 2008 US Open when he beat Murray in straight sets.
Federer’s win also meant he has now reached 18 of the past 19 grand slam finals.