Roger Federer Beats Stan Wawrinka to Reach Australian Open final
By MEHER ONISA : 26-Jan-2017
On Sunday, Federer, the Swiss professional tennis sensation is facing Rafael Nadal if he beats Grigor Dimitrov in Friday's semi-final.
The Swiss had returned from a six-month rest due to his left knee injury. He had last won a major game at Wimbledon in 2012.
He became the oldest athlete to reach the Grand Slam final. Similarly, Ken Rosewall won the title in 1974 US Open at the age of 39.
Federer exclaimed: "I couldn't be happier right now, I felt like everything happened so quickly at the end, I had to check the score.”
He further stated that: "I never ever in my wildest dreams thought I'd come this far in Australia. It's beautiful, I'm so happy."
Federer's splendid performance in Melbourne had already seen him crashing the top seeds like Kei Nishikori and Tomas Berdych for making it to the last four.
Following his injury, Federer had an 18-3 record against the fourth seed while reigning US Open champion coming into the semi-final.
However the two of them had never played a five-set match in their career.
Both the athletes were in need of the medical treatment during the high-intensity match.
As a matter of fact, it was the 17-time Grand Slam winner who eventually landed after a span of three hours and five minutes.
Federer is now seeking a 5th Australian Open title. He had bagged his foremost title back in 2010.
Federer, the former world number one commenced the match beautifully while gaining three early break points before converting his first set point, on Wawrinka's serve, in the 12th game.
Stan Wawrinka, the champion of the 2014 Australian Open had lost for the second time at 2-3 in the second set as the winner maintained his spark.