The draw has opened up invitingly for Federer, a four-time victor in Melbourne, and 2014 champion Wawrinka, as well as fellow thirty-something Rafael Nadal after the exits of Murray and title-holder Novak Djokovic. He successfully served out the set 6-3 after he played some world-class offensive tennis, putting himself closer to a victory.
“I played him too many times on clay early on in my career”.
On the men’s side, fourth seed Stan Wawrinka made short work of 12th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. “I never take injury timeouts; Stan already took his, so people won’t be mad”. But I managed to beat him in a Grand Slam, so we’ll see.
“So just excited about be back in final rounds of the most important events”.
“But at the end I know I tried everything on the court”.
“I fought in the fourth, and I could not get my rhythm back”.
It does not seem like this all-Swiss clash will go the distance – the victor will most probably end the match in four sets.
“That’s one of the things he really improved”, Norman said. With his game on a fast court against an older Nadal? He won the third set.
“I thought he played an incredible tournament”, Federer said of Zverev. He did something a little bit different than he normally does.
“That’s has something to do with how I played him on different surfaces”.
So, this might be the time when Federer could show why he is considered as one of the greatest player of the games.
Federer ripped through the opening set in just 19 minutes, breaking Zverev’s serve twice and not having one break point on his own service. “It’s going to be an interesting match”, Wawrinka said.
In a bubble, this is a match Federer should win. “He’s feeling great. Probably feels the best he’s ever felt on a tennis court”, Federer said of the German world number 50. Fed vs. Stan is a Swiss matchup of lovely backhands that should not be missed (unless you go to sleep at a reasonable hour, in which case you should watch a recap in the morning).
And then there’s the head-to-head.
It has been three years since Nadal and Federer, once ruthless accumulators of their sport’s major prizes, last dueled in a grand slam – and nine years since their never to be forgotten five-set Wimbledon final.
Federer has been laid off previous year due to injury.
In his first official tournament since spending six months on the sidelines with a knee injury, Roger Federer will take on compatriot Stan Wawrinka in the semifinals of the Australian Open on Friday. He can’t be “back” to full strength, right?
Zverev remained true to his serve-volley game, coming to the net, but often being passed by crisp Federer volleys. Two were saved, but the three-time major champ clinched the third, serving out to send the match into a fifth set. My mind changed after Andy Murray and Djokovic lost, and watching how fluid Roger looked against Berdych and Nishikori.