AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2014
Federer Dreaming Swiss In Melbourne
by ATP Staff|
Excited though he was at his own quarter-final win on Wednesday night, it’s entirely possible that Roger Federer was even more delighted for countryman and good friend Stanislas Wawrinka, whom he cheered to victory over Novak Djokovic the night before.
Unbeaten as yet in 2014, Wawrinka opened the season with victory at the Aircel Chennai Open before edging three-time defending champion Djokovic in five sets on Tuesday night to reach his first Australian Open semi-final. It comes hot on the heels of his first major semi-final appearance at the US Open and his debut at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in November.
It leaves Switzerland on the edge of its seat at the very real possibility of the first all-Swiss Grand Slam final at Melbourne Park. “The moment you start thinking about that we're taking the same flight home,” cautioned Federer. “I'm worried about my match clearly, but I'll definitely watch his first. Hopefully he can make it. Then he can put the pressure on me that way.
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“It's a great problem to have. It's nice seeing it turning around for him. I hope I can make it to the finals. Clearly when you're in the semis you start dreaming. There's no doubt about that,” added Federer, who revealed he spent the fifth set of Wawrinka’s match fist pumping and high-fiving his pregnant wife, Mirka.
“I was really happy for Stan last night, because he's been putting in an amazing effort for the past years and didn't always get compensated. That's the big news for me,” said Federer, who won the doubles gold medal with Wawrinka at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. “I didn't think about it all the time when I was playing, but it was definitely inspiring tennis by him last night. For me, it's a dream run as well, and I hope I can keep it up against Rafa.”
The 32-year-old Federer has endured his fair share of adversity in the past 18 months, since winning his 17th major title at Wimbledon. He came into the Australian Open seeded sixth and having sought out the wisdom of Stefan Edberg in an attempt to rediscover his best tennis. It would seem to be working.
“I've been feeling really well,” said the Basel native. “Physically I know that I can do it. And then because I'm feeling good physically, then I can really think about tactics I want to play, how aggressive or how passive do you want to play. I have all these opportunities now. I've been hitting the ball really well for some time now, so it's just nice that it all came together in a big match against Murray like this.
“Things don't get easier. But at the same time they might become more enjoyable. Maybe I can play with less pressure. Maybe I just love it. I still love competition. I still feel maybe there's something big around the corner. I'm just trying to find out and see if that's the case. I do feel it is. But only time will tell if it's possible or not.”