Roger Federer vs Stan Wawrinka – January 26, 2017. Semis replays Australian Open 2017, Semi finals round – 2017 full match-up.
Roger Federer defeats Stan Wawrinka in five sets to keep alive prospect of Australian Open final against Rafael Nadal.
There are sporting champions, and then there is Roger Federer – a man who cannot help creating inspirational storylines. Five years after his most recent grand-slam title, Federer outlasted Stan Wawrinka in a sweaty-palmed semi-final. His five-set win carried us halfway to what would be the dream climax against old nemesis Rafael Nadal.
Nadal still has to overcome Grigor Dimitrov before that miraculous reunion can come to pass. Yet whatever index you use – ranking, experience, major titles – Wawrinka presented a more intimidating challenge than Dimitrov will tomorrow. Federer had to push through the pain, overcoming not only a four-year age difference but a strained adductor to claim a 7-5, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6, 6-3 victory.