ao17federer_wawrinka

ao17federer_wawrinka

Points won by each set: | 44-38, 29-20, 12-24, 26-31, 31-23 |
Points won directly behind the serve:
30 % Federer – 44 of 143
29 % Wawrinka – 40 of 135

The first two sets almost copied the first two sets of their US Open semifinal ’14. Just like in New York, Federer saved break points in two different games to win the opener by a two-game margin; the second set was the same in terms of the scoreline & duration (in New York two breaks, this time one). Based on this pattern Federer [17] should have won the third set in the blink of an eye, especially that a trainer taped Wawrinka’s right knee – it was reversal though – Wawrinka [4] needed only 26 minutes to decrease the distance between them. In the 4th set Federer found himself 4:3* (deuce) in front, but his younger compatriot took three consecutive games. The 5th set was similar to Federer’s fifth set four days earlier against Nishikori (6-7, 6-4, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3): Federer looked sharp while the opponent seemed to struggle a bit physically, and one break of serve made the difference (for 2:0 vs Kei, 4:2 vs Wawa). The 35-year-old Federer advanced to his 28th Grand Slam final!

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