Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Australian Open Semi Final Preview: Roger Federer versus Stan Wawrinka

Sport is always played in the present, never the past....

A fact that comes to mind when looking at tonights all Swiss Australian Open Semi Final between Roger Federer and Stanislaw Wawrinka

With most buying into the lopsided 18/3 dominance, Federer enjoys over Wawrinka in their head to head clashes. The figures are largely irrelevant considering the last clash between the two was in 2015 with both enjoying differing fortunes in the proceeding two years.

Chiefly, Federer suffering injuries with his Grand Slam drought extending back to 2012 with Father Time lurking in his shadows at 35. Compared to his compatriot Wawrinka being a threat in all Slams, seeing him win three on varied surfaces armed with a greater belief in his ability and associated steeliness in mind. The greatest tribute to Wawrinka during this period has been the thorn he has represented in the side of both Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray at Slams during their time of dominance in the Mens game.

Which brings us to tonight and finding a winner.

One cannot ignore Federer's form line, with the maestro turning back the clock with his play highlighted by his obliteration of Tomas Berdych in straight sets in the third round. A display showcasing all his genius with his new found power game due to his updated racquet making all think 'what if' about a title run. Made all the more valid by his game perfectly suited by the quicker courts this year. His opponent Wawrinka has made the Semi's without ever approaching his peak form. Pointing to his ability to win despite not being at his best as well as him having plenty left in the tank with another level he can go too.

I can see Wawrinka flicking the switch tonight making it very tough for Federer to deal with his rare combination of style and brutal power. The eclectic arsenal makes Wawrinka so hard to break down while arming him with the game to dissect opponents.

He will do this to Roger tonight, beating him in 4 sets.

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