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Earlier in the day we saw the clock turned back for the womenŠ—Ès and it looks like we could well be seeing a similar scenario in the menŠ—Ès with Roger Federer, the 17th seed, just edging past his Swiss compatriot Stan Wawrinka, the fourth seed, to reach his sixth Australian Open final where he could well face Rafa Nadal who plays in the second semi tomorrow.

I never ever in my wildest dreams thought I was coming this far

Earlier in the day we saw the clock turned back for the womenŠ—Ès and it looks like we could well be seeing a similar scenario in the menŠ—Ès with Roger Federer, the 17th seed, just edging past his Swiss compatriot Stan Wawrinka, the fourth seed, to reach his sixth Australian Open final where he could well face Rafa Nadal who plays in the second semi tomorrow.

Federer won an enthralling contest 7-5 6-3 1-6 4-6 6-3 for a chance of winning his fifth Aussie Open title and extend his record of career grand slams to 18 in what is an extraordinary comeback in what is his first tournament following a six-month injury lay-off.

The match proved a tense affair with both players controlling the match at various times with Wawrinka storming back to level at two-sets all only for Federer to roar back and claim the final place which was at stake.

The Swiss all-time-great went off court for medical treatment before the fifth set revealing later that he had been struggling with a leg issue for some time.

"I’ve had a leg thing going on this week," he said. "I felt it from the second game of the match – I don’t know why. I never take injury timeouts but Stan already took his so I guess people won’t be mad and Stan won’t be mad. You just hope that something works and that physio has some magic hands going on."

When Jim Courier asked him to be more specific about the injury, Federer replied with a smile: "If you have to go off the court, it means the treatment is further up the leg!…."

Later Federer revealed he had been struggling with an abductor injury through the fortnight.


Wawrinka on the way out

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As Federer referred to in than on-court interview, Wawrinka had availed himself of medical time out at the start of the third set which in hindsight, proved a very pivotal moment in the match as the fourth seed gained control to drop just one game to garb the initiative.

"He seemed like he was maybe a step slow [to begin with] or maybe he was getting used to the tape [on his knee]," Federer explained the sudden drop in his own form. "But after that I thought he relaxed and I couldn’t serve as well as I had.

"He let it go and it worked for him – the next thing you know it’s hard to stop the bleeding.

"I fought in the fourth but couldn’t really get my rhythm back. I was playing tight so it wasn’t easy and Stan was playing like he had nothing to lose."

Federer had to fight off two break points early in the fifth set before turning the tables and breaking WawrinkaŠ—Ès serve in the sixth game. Jhe then held on to serve out for the victory three games later, much to his relief and disbelief!

Š—“I never ever in my wildest dreams thought I was coming this far,Š— he said.

He now awaits the result of FridayŠ—Ès semi between Rafa Nadal and Grigor Dimitrov,





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