Roger Federer still got the touch

Roger Federer set up an intriguing all-Swiss semi-final against Stan Wawrinka after gliding past Sir Andy Murray's conqueror Mischa Zverev.

Five-time finalist Murray lost 7-5, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 to Zverev, the older and apparently less-talented brother of Alexander Zverev who had never gone past the third round of a major and was appearing at only his third Grand Slam in six years.

"It's just insane how quick I got out of the blocks", Federer said of his nearly flawless match against Berdych.

Federer admitted after the match that he'd already surpassed his expectations for the tournament, his first grand slam after six months out rehabilitating his injured left knee. "I think now that I'm in the semis, feeling as good as I am, playing as good as I am, that's a huge surprise to me", said Federer. Federer easily won the first set 6-4 but Wawrinka slowly grew into the match and edged out the second by winning 7-5 in a tie-break. It all started in 2014, days before Wawrinka's singles encounter with Tsonga at the Davis Cup, when the Swiss said the French team had been chatting too much and should just "let their racquets do the talking".

"Everyone here is going to talk about it in every story they write for the rest of this tournament, and I still don't know if that's enough", the American told reporters.

One of the highlights - and there were plenty - was a glittering backhand lob victor in the fifth game of the third set. "We just spoke about things that I think is only between him and me, and that's it".

Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka rejoices after beating France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in their Australian Open quarterfinal match at Melbourne Park on Tuesday.

It is four and a half years since Federer won the most recent of his 17 grand slam titles and the odds against him adding to it are still strong, with Stan Wawrinka up first and then, perhaps, Rafael Nadal in the final.

Despite going a break down early in the second set, Federer hit back quickly, moving sweetly and hammering numerous forehand winners past the on-rushing Zverev. Zverev's previous match was a fourth-round upset victory over top-seeded Andy Murray.

Also, he is the oldest at any Grand Slam since Jimmy Connors reached the 1991 US Open last four aged 39.

However, it was a routine victory for the former world No. 1, winning 6-1 7-5 6-2 to set up a tie with Wawrinka. The more time I give him the better he is, like most of the biggest hitters and he's maybe the biggest we have in the game right now. "He's playing so well and we are all happy to see him back on the court and also playing so well because we all enjoy to watch him". You don't need to go any further! "It's always special because he's so good".

Federer looked compact from the starting of the match, he played some aggressive tennis and his backhand shots were mostly on target from the first set. I'm just so excited that I have another opportunity to play again.

"He's (Stan is) a clutch player now".



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