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Stan Wawrinka grit his teeth to comeback against Kyle Edmund on Friday in Brisbane.

Wawrinka Rallies For Brisbane SF Berth

Swiss star will face Nishikori next

Stan Wawrinka settled into his game in time to reach the semi-finals of the Brisbane International presented by Suncorp on Friday. The second seed withstood some aggressive play and strong hitting from World No. 45 Kyle Edmund to advance 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-4 in two hours and 36 minutes.

Edmund rolled through the tie-break, blasting an inside-out backhand to go up 5/0. But Wawrinka broke the Brit at 3-2 in the second set and to start the third set. The Swiss star saved 11/13 break points faced.

“I want to win more matches here and not stop now,” said Wawrinka, who is looking to win a title in the first week of the season for a fourth consecutive year, following a hat-trick of titles in Chennai. “Today was a tough one, but I’m really happy to get through and have a chance to win and play the semi-final tomorrow.”

Wawrinka, who's making his Brisbane debut, will next face third seed Kei Nishikori, who defeated David Ferrer’s conqueror, Aussie wild card Jordan Thompson, 6-1, 6-1 in 62 minutes. Nishikori, who won 18 of his 19 first service points, also reached the semi-finals in 2013-15.

”I know it's going to be a tough match,” said Wawrinka. “We always play really tough matches. I beat him at the US Open. I lost at the ATP Finals quite easy. Also I lost in a tough Toronto semi-final. We practised here this week. I'm sure it's going to be a good match.”

Wawrinka leads Nishikori 4-3 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series, although Nishikori beat Wawrinka 6-2, 6-3 at The O2 in London in November.

”It’s going to be a tough one, for sure,” said Nishikori. “We played in London a couple of months ago. He’s a top player and I'm expecting another tough match tomorrow.”

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