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US Open 2013: Novak Djokovic vs Stanislas Wawrinka Semi-Final Preview

By Abhimanyu Nagpal    + Follow

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US Open 2013: Novak Djokovic vs Stanislas Wawrinka Semi-Final Preview
It all comes a full circle today, as World No.1 Novak Djokovic locks horns with 'the other Swiss' - Stanislas Wawrinka, in the semi-finals at Flushing Meadows in a re-match of their epic battle at the Aussie Open in January.

Kicking off men’s semi-final day or the so called ‘Super Saturday’ here at Flushing Meadows today, will be World No.1 Novak Djokovic, who is aiming to reach a fourth consecutive final. The Serbian has looked in superb form over the last fortnight, and has truly brought his ‘A-Game’ to the event following disappointments in Montreal and Toronto.

It is the belief of the tennis world, that the Djokovic is most definitely the best player in the world when his game is on. His intensity on court can only be matched by fierce rival – Rafael Nadal, and on days that Novak does play to his full ability, even Nadal looks a mile behind. At Monte Carlo in April, the World No.1 had delivered a master-class against the Spaniard, where Rafa found it hard to actually hang in the rallies.

Such was his domination on that day that the reigning eight-time champion lost the opening set 6-2 looking completely out of sorts. That is the effect that an on-song Djokovic can have on any opponent on his day. However, the sad reality is that the Serb has failed to win a single tournament since then, in fact he hasn’t even reached the finals of any event barring Wimbledon.

Nonetheless, Djokovic fans would have so far been pleased by his display at the US Open as he has played some really good tennis. The Serb lost his first set at this year’s event against Russian Mikhail Youzhny – that after winning 14 on the bounce. Known as one of the best returners of serve on tour so far, Djokovic hasn’t disappointed and has broken serve in 34 games out of 62 in which he has received serve.

While he has been equally solid on the serve too, as he has maintained an impressive first serve percentage of 70 and converted 76 percent of those points. Moreover, he has served just 6 double faults all tournament long, making his serve all the more formidable.

Dealing with all those numbers, and the mental strength of Novak today will be Stanislas Wawrinka, who has reached his first ever Grand Slam semi-final. Wawrinka however, has had perhaps his best year on the ATP circuit this year, and apart from an early exit at Wimbledon, the Swiss has impressed at the Grand Slams too. Stan won his first title in over two years, earlier in the year and now has a huge chance of progressing into his first ever Grand Slam final.

Warinka’s exploits this year include a runner-up finish at the Madrid Masters in May, and a 41-15 win-loss record. At the US Open this year, Wawrinka has been very impressive and has 79 percent first serve conversion rate. In fact, the 28 year-old has only been broken 9 times in 17 sets.

Head to Head: Djokovic has a landslide 12-2 advantage over the Swiss, but their last match was an absolute cracker, where Stan came within whiskers of defeating Djokovic. However, it has been 7 years since the Swiss defeated his Serbian counterpart.   

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Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, Men Singles  Final
13:00
Final
Stanisl.. (SUI) Winner 2 4 7 6
Roger Federer (SUI) 1 6 6 2
Wawrinka - Federer    4 - 6    7 - 6    6 - 2   
Served By: S Wawrinka Won By: Wawrinka
Game IN, Winner: Wawrinka!!! Flat serve aimed at T, Federer delivers a backhand return, couple of shots exchanged, Wawrinka flashes a forehand cross-court winner.
40-15   IN, Winner: Wawrinka!!! Quick serve pointed at T, Federer works a forehand return, brief rally, Federer fails to keep a cross-court backhand in the play.
30-15   IN, Winner: Wawrinka!!! Sharp angled slice serve, Federer only reaches to it.
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