Australian Open: Federer to face Wawrinka in semifinal

17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer eased past Germany's Mischa Zverev in a one sided encounter where Federer dominated the first three sets by 6-1, 7-5, 6-2 and booked his berth in the semifinal.

Stan Wawrinka

Stan Wawrinka waves to the crowd at Rod Laver Arena after his quarterfinal win.   -  AP

17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer eased past Germany's Mischa Zverev in a one sided encounter where Federer dominated the first three sets by 6-1, 7-5, 6-2 and booked his berth in the semifinal.

Federer looked compact from the starting of the match, he played some aggressive tennis and his backhand shots were mostly on target from the first set.

Seventeenth seeded Federer after his quarterfinal victory will now face the fourth seed Stan Wawrinka in the semifinal on Tuesday. The Australian crowd has already been preparing for Nadal-Federer final which would be a feast to watch.

Rafael Nadal will face Milos Raonic of Canada in the quarterfinal tomorrow. Stan Wawrinka mastered former finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets to reach his third Australian Open semifinal after a mid-match argument on Tuesday.

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The World No. 4 won 7-6 (7/2), 6-4, 6-3 in two hours, 15 minutes for his eighth Grand Slam semifinal appearance and will next face either Swiss legend Roger Federer or Germany's Mischa Zverev.

It puts the three-time Grand Slam champion, the winner in Melbourne in 2014, just one victory away from his fourth Slam final.

"It's not easy to play against him. He's a strong player," Wawrinka said of Tsonga.

"I think (the) conditions were quite fast today. It was a bit windy. Not easy to control (the ball).

"I started to move a bit better and be a bit more aggressive from the first shot. I think that's what made the difference."

It was a consummate performance from Wawrinka, with three service breaks from three break points, hitting 41 winners, 21 of them on the forehand, and just 28 unforced errors.

Yet there were some tense moments between the two with an extraordinary squabble breaking out after Wawrinka took the opening set in a tiebreaker.

During the terse conversation in French, Wawrinka was heard to tell Tsonga, "You're the one who's looking and talking to me" and then, "Relax, it's just a tennis match."

The interchange follows an incident at the 2014 Davis Cup final when the French team confronted Wawrinka over a comment he made during Switzerland's victory in Lille.

Watching brief

Of his next opponent, Wawrinka said: "I'm going to watch the match tonight, for sure.

"It's going to be an interesting match. Mischa was playing really well at the beginning of the tournament. He's a tough player.

"I'm expecting Roger to play aggressive. He's playing so well and we are all happy to see him back on the court and also playing so well because we all enjoy to watch him."

It was the fourth meeting between the pair at a Grand Slam, but the first away from Roland Garros, with Wawrinka now winning three of his encounters with Tsonga.

It was also their first meeting on a hard court in almost a decade, having contested their last six encounters on clay.

Among Wawrinka's three major triumphs is his win over Rafael Nadal in Melbourne three years ago, when he became the first player to defeat the top two seeds en route to a major title since Spaniard Sergei Bruguera won Roland Garros in 1993.

Wawrinka also won the 2015 French Open and last year's US Open, both times conquering Djokovic.

Games went with serve in the opening set and in the tiebreaker, with Wawrinka prevailed on the first of his four set points.

Tsonga got the first break of the match in the seventh game of second set, but the Swiss world number four broke him in his next two service games to grab a two sets lead.

Wawrinka fought off break points in the opening game of the third set before breaking the Frenchman and holding on to the break to the end.


Time: 2hr 15min

Wawrinka - Tsonga

4 Aces 7

2 Double Faults 3

41 Winners 27

28 Unforced Errors 39

3/3 Break Point Conversions 1/6

108 Total Points Won 85

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