Filippo Volandri

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Federer wins 30th straight to reach Bangkok Open final

Roger Federer advanced to the Thailand Open final after defeating Finland's Jarkko Nieminen, 6-3, 6-4, in Bangkok.

Top-seeded Federer will defend his championship today against Andrew Murray of Britain, who beat Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan in the other semifinal.

Federer lost the opening game but rebounded to beat Nieminen in 57 minutes for his 30th consecutive win. He has not lost since falling to Rafael Nadal in the French Open semifinals.

Play went on serve until in the sixth game of the first set, when Federer produced a drop shot to set up a triple break point. Nieminen buried a forehand into the net to...

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