Australian Open 2017, Semi-finals, as it happened: Roger Federer defeats Stan Wawrinka in five sets

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Australian Open 2017, Semi-finals, as it happened: Roger Federer defeats Stan Wawrinka in five sets
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    Thank you so much for tuning in to our live coverage of the semi-finals from Day 11 of the Australian Open!

    Make sure you follow our live blog tomorrow as well. 

    Two big matches to look forward to:

    Sania Mirza/Ivan Dodig in the mixed doubles semi-finals and Rafael Nadal vs Girgor Dimitrov in the men's singles semi-final. 

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    A parting image before we sign off for the day

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    Order of play at the Australian Open on Friday (x denotes seeding):

    Rod Laver Arena

    9:30 AM IST

    Samantha Stosur (AUS)/Sam Groth (AUS) v Sania Mirza (IND)/Ivan Dodig (CRO x2)

    Not before 10:30 AM IST 

    Andrea Hlavackova (CZE)/Peng Shuai (CHN x12) v Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA)/Lucie Safarova (CZE x2) 

    Not Before 2:00 PM IST

    Rafael Nadal (ESP x9) v Grigor Dimitrov (BUL x15)

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    Australian Open 2017: Serena Williams sets up dream final against sister Venus}

    Unstoppable Serena Williams zeroed in on a record-breaking 23rd Grand Slam title by setting up an Australian Open final against her older sister Venus.

    https://www.firstpost.com

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    Australian Open 2017: Age-defying Venus Williams ends Grand Slam final drought}

    Venus Williams rolled back the years to battle into her first Grand Slam final since 2009 Thursday, brushing off the dangerous Coco Vendeweghe at the Australian Open.

    https://www.firstpost.com

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    Roger Federer is the oldest man to reach a Grand Slam final since Ken Rosewall did so at the 1974 US Open at the age of 39.

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    Ranking update:

    Roger Federer moves to No 14 in the ATP rankings with the semi-final win. Will enter Top 10 if he lifts the trophy on Sunday.

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    So, who has the formula for the Elixir of Life?

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    Let's have a look at the final stats from the semi-final. 

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    This post-match interview is worth a second watch.

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    If Rafael Nadal beats Grigor Dimitrov in the second semi-final, then both 2017 Australian Open finals will be a repeat of 2008 Wimbledon

    Women's final:

    Venus vs Serena

    Men's final:

    Federer vs Nadal

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    These are staggering numbers

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    LOOK WHO'S BACK, BACK AGAIN!

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    THE WINNING MOMENT

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    Roger Federer wins!

    The 17-time Grand Slam champion is through to his 6th Australian Open final with a 7-5, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6, 6-3 win over Stan Wawerinka. 

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    Wawrinka holds at 15 and now Federer will serve for a place in the final at 5-3. 

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    Federer is just a game away from making the final. He quickly holds at 15 and now leads 5-2. This set has swung on it's head very quickly. 

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    Federer breaks for 4-2

    TWO BREAK POINTS for Federer. Wawrinka threw in an error at the worst possible. 

    To make things worse, Wawrinka double faults and gifts the game to Federer. What a pity!

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    Wawrinka is absolutely crushing the forehand right now. Massive weapon for him. Meanwhile, Federer returns to serve-and-volleying in that last service game and it pays dividends. 

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    Federer walking a very tightrope right now

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    Federer escapes for 3-2

    From 40-15, Wawrinka makes it 40-40. He fires a great serve down the tee to take advantage. Wawrinka smacks a forehand return at 144 kmph to make it deuce again. 

    Break point for Wawrinka as he wins a really long rally by staying patient and waiting for the Federer error.

    Federer saves the break point and then smashes an overhead for advantage. He finally holds with a deft drop shot that falls short for Wawrinka. 

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    Two close holds, 2-2

    Federer has 0-30 on Wawrinka's serve. 

    Stan throws in a slider that Federer can't reach to make it 15-30. Federer shanks the next forehand and it's 30-30. 

    Federer steps in to return Stan's serve but overhits it by a massive margin. Game point for Wawrinka. 

    Wawrinka with a very tight hold, 2-2. 

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    Whom are you praying for? Federer or Wawrinka?

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    Federer with a tight hold for 2-1

    First break point of the 5th set goes Stan's way. Federer not looking too confident out there. 

    Federer saves it after a long rally and then comes into the net to hit a sweet drop shot. Deuce. 

    Federer with the advantage after attacking Wawrinka's forehand. Federer holds.

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    Okay, let's do this! Into the 5th set we go.

    Two quick holds from both Federer and Wawrinka. Roger serving first, holds at 15, Stan follows it with a love-hold. 

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    Time to see what the numbers are saying after that turnaround from Wawrinka:

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    8-minute long-break between the two sets!

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    This is too close to call. Advantage Wawrinka as he has all the momentum by winning the last two sets.

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    Medical timeout for Federer

    After the fourth set, Federer goes off court with the trainer for some treatment. Wawrinka waits impatiently for him to return. 

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    Wawrinka wins 4th set 6-4

    Wawrinka with three thunderous serves and he has 40-0 on serve. Three set points! He converts on his second. This match is going to a decider. 

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    Wawrinka breaks for 5-4

    0-30 on Federer's serve. Window of opportunity opening up for Wawrinka. 

    He sees Federer coming in on the next point and passes him. THREE BREAK POINTS!

    Federer saves two of those with very risky serves. Especially the on second break point - second serve down the tee.

    Finally on the third break point, Wawrinka takes it with a bunted forehand cross court pass.

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    Wawrinka makes it 4-4

    Nervy moments of the match now. Each game becomes even more important.

    At 30-30 on Wawrinka's serve, Federer is unable to keep his backhand inside the line. But he keeps up with Wawrinka's barrage of backhands to make it deuce. 

    Wawrinka takes the advantage with a powerful serve and then holds for 4-4. 

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    Both Federer and Wawrinka are striking the ball beautifully now. This has become such an engaging battle between both their backhands. Lots of long rallys but quick service holds as well. Federer holds for 4-3.  

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    Here's the fail Federer tweener from the earlier game. 

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    Two quick holds from both players and we are at 2-2 in the 4th set. Federer seems to have refocused, Wawrinka pumped after winning the third set. 

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    Let's take a look at what the numbers say after Wawrinka won the third set. Stan 20 of 26 points in the set. 

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    Federer breaks back

    On Wawrinka's serve, both of them played one of the points of the match!

    Federer breaks on his second break point opportunity in the game, it's back on serve in the 4th set. 

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    Wawrinka breaks to start the 4th set

    This match has suddenly gotten very interesting as Wawrinak hits a blistering backhand pass to break Federer in the very first game of the fourth set. 

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    Wawrinka wins 3rd set

    Stan The Man races away with the 3rd set, winning it 6-1 with a double break in just 25 minutes. 

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    Wawrinka leads 5-1

    Federer has had a bit of lapse in concentration in the third set. Wawrinka has one more break point at 4-1. Federer sends his forehand sailing long and gets broken again.

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    Wawrinka holds at 15 to consolidate his break. 4-1. 

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    Well. Wawrinka isn't fading away in the third. The stats from the match so far.

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    Wawrinka leads 3-1 in third set

    The third set starts off with two easy holds by both Federer and Wawrinka. 

    Stan holds and then has THREE BREAK POINTS on Federer's serve. 

    He misses the first by overcoooking his forehand and sending it long. 

    On the second break point, Federer's full-stretch half-volley kisses the net and falls on the other side but Wawrinka rips it for a backhand winner. He leads 3-1.

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    Wawrinka takes a medical timeout

    At the end of the 2nd set, Stan goes off court ot get some treatment. He returns with a big strap on his right knee. Hopefully, the injury/niggles isn't too bad and doesn't hamper his performance. 

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    Federer's record after winning the first two sets at a slam:

    Overall: 249 wins and only two lossesrecord

    At Aus Open: 69 wins and zero losses  

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    Federer leads 7-5, 6-3

    Federer wins the second set to open a two-sets-to-love lead over Wawrinka. One set away from the final. 

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    THREE SET POINTS for Federer on his own serve as he rushes to 40-0.

    He only needs one as he serves down the tee, and then hits a forehand winner down the line to seal the second set.

Preview: Roger Federer will attempt to reach his first Grand Slam final since 2015 at the Australian Open on Thursday, while Serena and Venus Williams are both gunning for the women's title match.

Federer's major-winning days seemed over after first Novak Djokovic and then Andy Murray emerged at the top of the pecking order, but the Swiss legend, 35, has surprised everyone with his run to the semis.

With Djokovic and Murray long gone, fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka is blocking Federer's path to Sunday's title match, where he intends to become the oldest major finalist since a 39-year-old Ken Rosewall at the 1974 US Open.

Roger Federer hits a shot at the Australian Open. Reuters

Roger Federer hits a shot at the Australian Open. Reuters

Federer, who last contested a major final at the 2015 US Open, has a 5-1 record against Wawrinka at Grand Slam tournaments but he is yet to lose in 13 meetings on hard courts, conceding only four sets.

However, the hard-hitting Wawrinka -- the Swiss number one, with Federer's ranking at 17 after six months off with injury -- will not roll over for his illustrious countryman as he looks for his fourth major title.

"For sure, against Roger, it's always special because he's so good. He's the best player of all time. He has an answer for everything," said Wawrinka, 31.

"But I have managed to beat him in a Grand Slam, so we'll see. Most important is that I step on the court and I play my best tennis."

Miraculous Mirjana

Despite Wawrinka's breakthrough 2014 Grand Slam title in Melbourne, Federer will be the crowd's sentimental favourite as he presses his claims for a record-extending 18th major crown.

"If someone would have told me I'd play in the semis against Stan, never would I have called that one for me. For Stan, yes, but not for me," Federer said.

Federer also has the prize of a potential final against his old rival Rafael Nadal, who will play Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov in the other men's semi-final on Friday.

Thursday's all-Swiss semi will follow Venus Williams' match with hard-hitting fellow American Coco Vandeweghe, and Serena Williams against miraculous former prodigy Mirjana Lucic Baroni.

The Croatian reached her last major semi-final at Wimbledon in 1999, when she was 17, but lost most of her career to personal trauma after being forced to flee an abusive father.

She was in floods of tears and described the feeling as "pure ecstasy" after upsetting Karolina Pliskova in three sets to reach the semi-finals.

"I will never forget this day and the last couple of weeks. This has truly made my life, and everything bad that happened, (it) has made it okay," the 34-year-old said.

Serena, who last played Lucic-Baroni at 1998 Wimbledon, when they were both 16, applauded the Croatian but she will have no room for sentimentality when they play on Thursday.

Serena is seeking an Open-era record 23rd major title and a return to world number one -- accolades she will want to achieve with her sister on the other side of the net.


Updated Date: Jan 26, 2017 18:07 PM

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