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Wawrinka steps out of Federer's shadow and into Djokovic showdown

September 07, 2013 07:54 IST

Wawrinka steps out of Federer's shadow

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Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka stepped out of compatriot Roger Federer's shadow and into the US Open semi-finals with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 upset of defending champion Andy Murray on Thursday. 

Wawrinka even received a congratulatory text message upon reaching his first Grand Slam semi-final from five-time US Open champion Federer, who left the stage to Wawrinka after an early dismissal from Flushing Meadows.

After Federer's shock loss to Spain's Tommy Robredo in the fourth round, Wawrinka continued his breakout year with a display of supreme ball-striking to dominate Murray in two hours and 15 minutes on Arthur Ashe stadium court.


Image: Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland celebrates match-point during his men's singles quarter-final against Andy Murray of Great Britain
Photographs: Al Bello/Getty Images
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Wawrinka pushed Djokovic to 12-10 in the fifth set at the Australian Open

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Wawrinka started the year with a bang, pushing world number one Novak Djokovic to 12-10 in the fifth set at the Australian Open.

He has since pushed his world ranking to number 10.

Another jump is guaranteed after he lasted longer than Federer at a Grand Slam for the first time in his career.

"It's my moment and I'm enjoying it a lot," said Wawrinka, who added that he never resented Federer's tremendous success.

"I'm really thankful for him because he has helped me a lot. But today, for sure, it's my moment. Roger texted me straight after the match. He told me congrats."


Image: Wawrinka shakes hands at the net with Murray after their men's singles quarter-finalmatch
Photographs: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

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'Amazing for me to be in my first semi-final of a Grand slam'

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Wawrinka beat Murray without facing a break-point on serve.

He said the most pleasing aspect was controlling the nerves that have gotten the better of him in the past.

"I was dealing with the pressure," the 28-year-old said.

"Normally I can be a little bit nervous and I can lose a few games because of that, but today I was just focused on my game.

"It's amazing for me to be in my first semi-final of a Grand slam, especially after beating Andy Murray, the defending champion. He won Wimbledon, too. To beat him in three sets, the way I was playing today, is quite good for me."


Image: Stanislas Wawrinka
Photographs: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

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Wawrinka hit 45 winners to Murray's 15

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Wawrinka, who has developed one of the most stylish single-handed backhands in tennis, hit 45 winners to Murray's 15 to leave the Scotsman scrambling in defence.

"I'm quite happy with my backhand," said Wawrinka, who abandoned the two-hand backhand when he was 11.

"Sometimes it's not that easy, especially to return the serve."

Wawrinka will play Serbia's world number one Djokovic, the Australian Open winner, in Saturday's semi-finals. 


Image: Novak Djokovic consoles Wavrinka after the five-set match at the 2013 Australian Open
Photographs: by Julian Finney/Getty Images

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