We look ahead to the blockbuster Australian Open semi-final between Swiss foes Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka by taking a trip down memory lane and picking out some of their best encounters.
Despite being ranked below his opponent in the current standings, the returning Federer has the edge over Swiss compatriot Wawrinka, holding an 18-3 record.
We look at some of the most memorable matches between the pair ahead of Thursday’s showdown.
US Open semi-final, 2015
Wawrinka was on the end of a vintage Federer performance at Flushing Meadows as the former world No 1 dominated from start to finish and complete victory in just 92 minutes.
Federer won 6-4 6-3 6-1
French Open quarter-final, 2015
Wawrinka showed the sort of form that carried him to 2014 Australian Open glory with a hugely impressive victory on Court Suzanne Lenglen.
What was more of a shock was Federer’s failure to break serve once in the match, something that had not happened at a major for 13 years.
Wawrinka won 6-4 6-3 7-6 (7-4)
ATP World Tour Finals – Semi-final, 2014
This was one of the most intense matches between the Swiss duo. Wawrinka won the first set 6-4 before six-time champion Federer powered back to win the second 7-5. Wawrinka then served for the match at 5-4 but failed to convert three match points and Federer broke back to take the set to 5-5.
After both players held serve, Wawrinka led 6-5 in the tie-break but blew a fourth match point. Federer then won the next two points to snatch the tie-break 8-6.
“I got lucky,” said a relieved Federer. “Stan played better from the baseline and that usually does the job on this court. But I kept fighting.”
Federer won 4-6 7-5 7-6 (8-6)
Wimbledon – Quarter-final, 2014
It was the pair’s first meeting on grass Wawrinka started superbly by taking the first set but was sick into his towel during the second and despite soldiering on, eventually lost 5-7 in a tie-break.
After taking medicine from a doctor in the third set, Wawrinka failed to regain his sparkle and lost the next two sets, despite saving four match points.
Federer won 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 6-4
Monte Carlo Masters Final, 2014
Ahead of their 15th meeting, Wawrinka’s only win against his fellow countryman and friend came five years previously at the same tournament and proved lightning can strike twice.
Federer easily won the first set but Wawrinka slowly grew into the match and edged the second in a tie-break. The momentum was with Wawrinka and he went on to win the deciding set to claim his maiden Masters 1000 title.
Wawrinka won 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-2
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