2017 AUSTRALIAN OPEN
DAY 11 MEN’S NOTES
Thursday 26 January
Semifinals Top Half
NO. 4 STAN WAWRINKA (SUI) v NO. 17 ROGER FEDERER (SUI)
Head-to-head: Federer leads 18-3
2005 Rotterdam Hard (I) R16 Federer 61 64
2006 Dubai Hard (O) R32 Federer 76(3) 63
2009 Monte Carlo-1000 Clay (O) R16 Wawrinka 64 75
2009 Montreal-1000 Hard (O) R16 Federer 63 76(5)
2010 Madrid-1000 Clay (O) R16 Federer 63 61
2010 Roland Garros Clay (O) R16 Federer 63 76(5) 62
2010 Stockholm Hard (I) QF Federer 26 63 62
2011 Australian Open Hard (O) QF Federer 61 63 63
2011 Indian Wells-1000 Hard (O) QF Federer 63 64
2011 Roland Garros Clay (O) R16 Federer 63 62 75
2011 Basel Hard (I) SF Federer 76(5) 62
2012 Cincinnati-1000 Hard (O) SF Federer 76(4) 63
2012 Shanghai-1000 Hard (O) R16 Federer 46 76(4) 60
2013 Indian Wells-1000 Hard (O) R16 Federer 46 76(5) 62
2014 Monte Carlo-1000 Clay (O) FR Wawrinka 46 76(5) 62
2014 Wimbledon Grass (O) QF Federer 36 76(5) 64 64
2014 ATP World Tour Finals Hard (I) SF Federer 46 75 76(6)
2015 Rome-1000 Clay (O) SF Federer 64 62
2015 Roland Garros Clay (O) QF Wawrinka 64 63 76(4)
2015 US Open Hard (O) SF Federer 64 63 61
2015 ATP World Tour Finals Hard (I) SF Federer 75 63
A 22nd career meeting between the pair.
This is their 7th Grand Slam meeting, but only their 2nd at the Australian Open and their 2nd in a Grand Slam semifinal. Federer has a 5-1 win-loss record against Wawrinka at the majors, with his only Grand Slam loss to Wawrinka coming in the quarterfinals at 2015 Roland Garros.
Federer has a 13-0 win-loss record against Wawrinka on hard courts. Wawrinka has won just 4 sets against Federer on a hard court in their 13 meetings on the surface, winning the opening set in their encounters at 2010 Stockholm, 2012 Shanghai-1000, 2013 Indian Wells-1000 and at the 2014 ATP World Tour Finals.
It is the 2nd time in history there have been 2 Swiss men in the semifinals here, after Federer fell to Rafael Nadal in the last 4 and Wawrinka went on to win the title here in 2014. It is the 3rd time in history there have been 2 Swiss men in the last 4 at a Grand Slam – with Federer defeating Wawrinka in the semifinals at the 2015 US Open.
This is just the 3rd all-Swiss clash in Australian Open history – as well as Federer and Wawrinka’s quarterfinal meeting here in 2011, Marc Rosset defeated Jakob Hlasek in the 2nd round here in 1994.
This is the 21st time in the Open Era that players from the same nation have faced each other in the men’s singles semifinals at the Australian Open. It has happened just twice here in the last 16 years – in 2001 when Arnaud Clement came from 0-2 down to defeat Sebastien Grosjean and in 2009, when Nadal defeated fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in 5 sets.
If Nadal defeated Milos Raonic on Wednesday evening, Wawrinka and Federer are 2 of the 3 players aged 30 or over to reach the semifinals here from the 46 who started the men’s main draw – equalling the Open Era record for the most 30-somethings to reach the semifinals at a Grand Slam set at 1968 Roland Garros. [NB written prior to Nadal’s quarterfinal with Raonic].
Wawrinka and Federer are also 2 of the 3 players with one-handed backhands to reach the semifinals here (alongside Grigor Dimitrov) – the most at a Grand Slam since the 2007 Australian Open, when Federer, Fernando Gonzalez and Tommy Haas all reached the last 4.
Wawrinka and Federer are 2 of the 3 Swiss players – men or women – to have reached a Grand Slam final in history alongside Martina Hingis (12 Grand Slam finals). Federer has reached 27 major finals, while Wawrinka has reached 3.
Wawrinka has not lost to a player ranked as low as No. 17 Federer at the Australian Open since falling to No. 21 Tomas Berdych in the 3rd round in 2009.
Federer and Wawrinka helped Switzerland win the Davis Cup title for the first time in its history in 2014. They also won the doubles gold medal together at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
WAWRINKA v FEDERER
31 Age 35
6’0”/1.83m Height 6’1”/1.85m
4 ATP Ranking 17
15 Titles 88
124-44 Career Grand Slam Record 312-51
3 titles Best Grand Slam Result 17 titles
36-10 Australian Open Record 85-13
446-253 Career Record 1085-245
250-141 Career Record – Hard 669-135
7-1 2017 Record 5-0
7-1 2017 Record – Hard 5-0
25-19 Career Five-Set Record 25-20
6 Comebacks from 0-2 Down 10
186-172 Career Tiebreak Record 396-216
6-2 2017 Tiebreak Record 1-1
Possible final head-to-heads
[Written prior to the Nadal v Raonic quarterfinal on Wednesday night]
Road to the Semifinals
|d. Martin Klizan 46 64 75 46 64||3:24||1st round||2:06||d. (Q) Jurgen Melzer 75 36 62 62|
|d. Steve Johnson 63 64 64||1:52||2nd round||2:03||d. (Q) Noah Rubin 75 63 76(3)|
|d. No. 29 Viktor Troicki 36 62 62 76(7)||2:32||3rd round||1:30||d. No. 10 Tomas Berdych 62 64 64|
|d. Andreas Seppi 76(2) 76(4) 76(4)
d. No. 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 76(2) 64 63
|Round of 16
|d. No. 5 Kei Nishikori 67(4) 64 61 46 63
d. Mischa Zverev 61 75 62
|total time on court||12:47||(IBM time)||10:35||total time on court|
- 2014 Australian Open champion WAWRINKA is bidding to reach his 4th Grand Slam final and his 2nd here.
- Aged 31 years 307 days, Wawrinka is bidding to become the oldest man to reach the Australian Open final since Andre Agassi (32 years 272 days) in 2003. If he wins today, he would become the 5th oldest men’s finalist here in the Open Era after Ken Rosewall (twice), Mal Anderson and Agassi.
|37 years 62 days||Ken Rosewall||1971|
|36 years 306 days||Mal Anderson||1972|
|36 years 73 days||Ken Rosewall||1972|
|32 years 272 days||Andre Agassi||2003|
|31 years 307 days||Stan Wawrinka||2017??|
NB Player ages are calculated at the end of the tournament
- Wawrinka is bidding to reach his 4th Grand Slam final and equal Michael Chang, Goran Ivanisevic, Patrick Rafter, Marat Safin and Lleyton Hewitt in joint-23rd place on the Open Era list for most Grand Slam finals reached.
- Wawrinka is bidding to reach his 2nd final here and become the 22nd man to reach multiple Australian Open finals. If he wins today, he would join 2-time Australian Open finalists Arthur Ashe, Rosewall, Jimmy Connors, Steve Denton, Johan Kriek, Pat Cash, Boris Becker, Jim Courier and Yevgeny Kafelnikov in joint-13th place on the Open Era list for most Australian Open finals reached.
- Wawrinka is bidding to record his 13th consecutive Grand Slam match-win. By reaching the quarterfinals here, Wawrinka recorded his 12th straight match-win at a major to record his longest Grand Slam winning streak. His previous best was winning 11 straight Grand Slam matches in winning the title at 2015 Roland Garros through to a quarterfinal defeat at 2015 Wimbledon.
- Wawrinka is contesting his 700th Tour-level match today. He has a 446-253 win-loss record in the 699 Tour-level matches he has contested since making his Tour-level debut in 2003. He is one of only 4 Swiss men to play 700 Tour-level matches after today’s opponent (1331 matches including today), Marc Rosset (784) and Jakob Hlasek (771).
- Wawrinka has reached the semifinals here for a 3rd time and the semifinals at a major for the 8th time overall. Just 3 Swiss men have reached a Grand Slam semifinal in history – Federer (41 semifinals), Wawrinka (8) and Marc Rosset (1).
- The Australian Open is Wawrinka’s 2nd most successful Grand Slam in terms of matches won. He has a 36-10 win-loss record here, compared with 38-11 at the US Open, 32-11 at Roland Garros and 18-12 at Wimbledon.
- Aged 31 years 307 days, Wawrinka is bidding to become just the 3rd man in the Open Era to win 3 or more Grand Slam titles after turning 30 (see Preview page 4). Rod Laver and Ken Rosewall are the only players to have won more than 2 majors after turning 30, with each winning a total of 4 after the age of 30.
- Wawrinka is bidding to become the first No. 4 seed to reach the Australian Open final since Marat Safin won the title here in 2005. The last No. 4 seed to reach a final at any Grand Slam was today’s opponent at 2014 Wimbledon.
- Wawrinka will rise to 3 when the new rankings are released on Monday 30 January as long as he matches or betters Milos Raonic’s result here. [NB written prior to Raonic’s match with Nadal].
- Wawrinka’s best Australian Open result is winning the title in his first Grand Slam final in 2014 (d. Rafael Nadal 63 62 36 63). He was the first player to defeat the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds en route to a Grand Slam title since Sergei Bruguera won 1993 Roland Garros.
- As well as the 2014 Australian Open, Wawrinka also won 2015 Roland Garros and the 2016 US Open, defeating Djokovic in both finals. At 30 years 71 days, he was the oldest man to win in Paris since Andres Gomez in 1990. At the US Open, aged 31 years 167 days, he became the oldest US Open champion since Ken Rosewall in 1970 and just the 5th man to win multiple Grand Slam titles after turning 30.
- By defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals here, Wawrinka recorded his 250th Tour-level hard court match-win. He became the 12th active player to record 250 Tour-level hard court match-wins.
- By defeating Martin Klizan in 5-sets in the 1st round here, Wawrinka improved his overall 5-set win-loss record to 25-19. He has a 2-3 win-loss record in 5-set matches at the Australian Open.
- Last year here as No. 4 seed, Wawrinka fell to Milos Raonic 64 63 57 46 63 in the round of 16. This is his 12th Australian Open appearance and his 48th Grand Slam overall.
- Elsewhere at the Grand Slams in 2016, Wawrinka reached the semfinals at Roland Garros (l. Andy Murray) but fell in the 2nd round at Wimbledon (l. Juan Martin del Potro).
- In 2016, Wawrinka won a career-best 4 titles for the 2nd straight year. As well as winning the US Open, he won his 3rd straight title at Chennai (d. Borna Coric) and won the titles at Dubai (d. Marcos Baghdatis) and Geneva (d. Marin Cilic). He also finished runner-up at St. Petersburg (l. Alexander Zverev).
- Wawrinka warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the semifinals as No. 2 seed at Brisbane, where he fell to Kei Nishikori 76(3) 63.
- Wawrinka is coached by Magnus Norman, who reached the semifinals here in 2000.
- 4-time Australian Open champion FEDERER is bidding to become the oldest man to reach a Grand Slam final since Ken Rosewall (39 years 310 days) at the 1974 US Open.
- Federer is bidding to become the 3rd different man in the Open Era to reach the Australian Open final aged 35 or over. At 35 years 174 days, he would become the 4th oldest Australian Open finalist overall:
Oldest men to reach Australian Open final (Open Era)
|37 years 62 days||Ken Rosewall||1972|
|36 years 306 days||Mal Anderson||1972|
|36 years 73 days||Ken Rosewall||1971|
|35 years 174 days||Roger Federer||2017??|
NB Player ages are calculated at the end of the tournament
- Ranked No. 17, Federer is bidding to become the lowest-ranked man to reach the Australian Open final since No. 38 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 2008. He would become the lowest-ranked man to reach any Grand Slam final since No. 25 Robin Soderling at 2009 Roland Garros.
- Federer is bidding to reach his 6th Australian Open final and become the 2nd man in the Open Era to reach 6 Australian Open finals after Novak Djokovic.
No. of Australian Open final appearances (Open Era)
Active players in bold
[NB Nadal could reach his 4th Australian Open final here. Written prior to Nadal’s quarterfinal with Raonic]
- Federer is also looking to reach his 28th Grand Slam final, and extend the all-time record that he took sole ownership of at 2009 Wimbledon. Federer has a 27-13 win-loss record in Grand Slam semifinals and a 5-7 win-loss record in semifinals here:
Grand Slam finals reached (all-time)
|Player||No. of GS finals|
Active players in bold
*[NB Nadal could reach his 21st Grand Slam final here. Written prior to Nadal’s quarterfinal match with Raonic]
- The Australian Open is Federer’s most successful Grand Slam event in terms of matches won. He has an 85-13 win-loss record here:
|Titles won||Win-loss record||Finals reached|
- Federer is looking to win his first semifinal here since 2010. Seven of his 13 Grand Slam semifinal defeats have come at Melbourne Park:
Federer’s Australian Open semifinal appearances
|2004||Juan Carlos Ferrero||Won 64 61 64|
|2005||Marat Safin||Lost 57 64 57 76(6) 97|
|2006||Nicolas Kiefer||Won 63 57 60 62|
|2007||Andy Roddick||Won 64 60 62|
|2008||Novak Djokovic||Lost 75 63 76(5)|
|2009||Andy Roddick||Won 62 75 75|
|2010||Jo-Wilfried Tsonga||Won 62 63 62|
|2011||Novak Djokovic||Lost 76(3) 75 64|
|2012||Rafael Nadal||Lost 67(5) 62 76(5) 64|
|2013||Andy Murray||Lost 64 67(5) 63 67(2) 62|
|2014||Rafael Nadal||Lost 76(4) 63 63|
|2016||Novak Djokovic||Lost 61 62 36 63|
- Federer is contesting his 99th match at the Australian Open today. If he wins today, he will play his 100th match here in the final on Sunday. Jimmy Connors is the only man to have played 100 matches at one Grand Slam event in the Open Era – at both Wimbledon (102) and the US Open (115). Federer has played 95 matches at Wimbledon, 89 at the US Open and 81 at Roland Garros.
- Federer is bidding to become the first No. 17 seed to reach a Grand Slam final since Pete Sampras won the title as No. 17 seed at the 2002 US Open.
- If he wins today, Federer will rise to 14 when the new ATP rankings are released on Monday 30 January. He will re-enter the Top 10, at No. 10, if he wins the title here. By reaching the semifinals, Federer has ensured that he will remain at No. 17.
- By reaching his 13th Australian Open semifinal here, Federer has extended his record for the most Australian Open semifinals reached in the Open Era.
Australian Open semifinals reached (Open Era)
|Player||No. of AO semifinals|
Active players in bold
- By reaching his 13th Australian Open semifinal, Federer has closed the gap on Jimmy Connors in 1st place on the Open Era list for the most semifinals reached at any one Grand Slam event.
No. of semifinals reached at any one Grand Slam event (Open Era)
|Player||No. of semifinals|
|Jimmy Connors||14 (US Open)|
|Roger Federer||13 (Australian Open)|
- Federer is through to his 41st Grand Slam semifinal, which extends the record he broke at 2012 Wimbledon for the most Grand Slam semifinal appearances ahead of Jimmy Connors and Novak Djokovic, who have both reached the last 4 at a major on 31 occasions.
- By reaching the semifinals here aged 35 years 174 days, Federer has become the oldest man to reach the semifinals at a Grand Slam since Jimmy Connors (39 years 6 days) fell in the last 4 at the 1991 US Open.
- By reaching the semifinals here aged 35 years 174 days, Federer has become the oldest man to reach the semifinals at the Australian Open since Arthur Ashe (35 years 177 days) fell in the last 4 here in 1978.
- By defeating Nishikori in 5-sets in the round of 16 here, Federer improved his career 5-set win-loss record to 25-20. He has a 6-5 win-loss record in 5-set matches at the Australian Open.
- By defeating No. 10 Tomas Berdych and No. 5 Nishikori in back-to-back matches here, Federer has recorded back-to-back match-wins against Top 10 opposition for the first time since he recorded 4 straight wins against Top 10 opponents at the 2015 ATP World Tour Finals.
- Federer is looking to become the 3rd man in history to win 5 Australian Open singles titles after Novak Djokovic and Roy Emerson, who have both won 6 titles here [see Preview page 2].
- At 35 years 174 days, Federer is looking to become the 2nd oldest man in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam title after Ken Rosewall, who won 3 Grand Slam titles after turning 35. Rosewall won the 1970 US Open (aged 35 years 315 days) and the Australian Open in 1971 (aged 36 years 73 days) and 1972 (aged 37 years 62 days).
- Federer played just 7 Tour-level events in 2016 after injuring his knee the day after his Australian Open semifinal. He underwent arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus on 2 February and withdrew from tournaments at Rotterdam and Dubai. He returned with a quarterfinal finish at Monte Carlo-1000 (l. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga) but, despite playing 4 further tournaments, announced on 26 July that he would miss the rest of the season, including the Olympic Games in Rio, due to the knee injury.
- Federer dropped out of the world’s Top 10 for the first time in 734 weeks (over 14 years) in November 2016 and did not qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals for the first time since 2001. He plays here ranked No. 17 – his lowest position since May 2001.
- Federer made his comeback from injury at the 2017 Hopman Cup, defeating Daniel Evans 63 64 and Richard Gasquet 61 64, but losing to Alexander Zverev 76(1) 67(4) 76(4).
- In Grand Slam play in 2016, Federer reached the semifinals at both the Australian Open (l. Djokovic) and Wimbledon (l. Milos Raonic), where he saved 3 match points to recover from 0-2 down and defeat Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals. It was his 10th career-comeback from 0-2 down, equalling Aaron Krickstein and Boris Becker’s record for the most career comebacks from 0-2 down. He withdrew from Roland Garros, ending his record streak of 65 Grand Slam appearances, with a back injury.
- Elsewhere in 2016, Federer finished runner-up at Brisbane (l. Raonic). He also reached back-to-back semifinals at Stuttgart (l. Dominic Thiem) and Halle (l. Alexander Zverev) and the 3rd round at Rome-1000 (l. Thiem). He failed to win a title during a season for the first time since winning his first at 2001 Milan.
- This is Federer’s 69th major appearance. He is in 2nd place on the list for the most Grand Slams played in the Open Era behind Fabrice Santoro (70) [see Preview page 5].
- Federer has won 4 titles here – in 2004 (d. Marat Safin 76(3) 64 62), 2006 (d. Marcos Baghdatis 57 75 60 62), 2007 (d. Fernando Gonzalez 76(2) 64 64) and 2010 (d. Murray 63 64 76(11)).
- Federer is a 17-time Grand Slam singles champion. His last title at a major came at 2012 Wimbledon
Federer is coached by 2006 Australian Open quarterfinalist Ivan Ljubicic, and Severin Luthi.