MELBOURNE, NETRALNEWS.COM – Roger Federer’s long absence from tennis due to knee injury has not stopped the former number one tennis player from proving his world class skills by securing a ticket to the 2017 Australian Open Grand Slam tournament.
Federer, seeded at 17th, subdued the opposition from fellow Switzerland tennis player and fourth seeded tennis player Stan Wawrinka in the Australian Open semifinal at the Rod Laver Arena on Thursday (1/26). Federer defeated Wawrinka in five sets, 7-5, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6, and 6-3 in three hours and four minutes.
Thus, Federer has now reached the Australian Open Final six times. The former number one tennis player won the Australian Open tournaments in 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2010. Federer was runner up in 2009 after his defeat by Rafael Nadal.
After winning the first two sets, Federer’s path to victory seemed to get smoother after Wawrinka requested medical time out following a trouble on his right knee.
After the break, however, one-time Australian Open champion Wawrinka was able to break Federer’s service twice, and even won 6-1 in the third set. Wawrinka lost his service in the fourth set, before recovering and breaking Federer’s set and leading 6-4.
Federer—with his stamina almost depleted---almost lost service prior to saving a break-point in the decisive round. Federer was even able to break Wawrinka’s service in the sixth game and lead 4-2. Federer then kept mobbing and closed the fifth set with 6-3. (*)