Federer, Wawrinka storm to Swiss showdown in NYC

Wed Sep 9, 2015 11:41pm EDT
 
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By Steve Keating

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka shrugged off the threat of rain to storm into the U.S. Open semi-finals on Wednesday, while Simona Halep stood up for the younger generation to complete a women's final four that will feature three thirtysomethings.

Moved from the Arthur Ashe Stadium court to Louis Armstrong to bring Federer's match forward, Wawrinka appeared untroubled by the change of venue, needing just an hour and 47 minutes to repel big-hitting South African Kevin Anderson 6-4 6-4 6-0.

Second seed Federer turned in an equally economical effort, brushing aside Frenchman Richard Gasquet 6-3 6-3 6-1 in a tidy 87 minutes to set up an all-Swiss semi-final on Friday.

The other side of the draw features a battle of the big men, with top seed Novak Djokovic taking on defending champion Marin Cilic.

"Emotionally it's not so hard for me," said Federer, who holds a commanding 16-3 advantage over his Davis Cup team mate and reigning French Open champion.

"But subconsciously, you know he knows what your preferences are, where you like to go and where you're probably going to go," he added

"That's the weird part. I feel we meet each other somewhere in our minds before the point is being played out."

Federer and Gasquet are both armed with elegant one-handed backhands but apart from that aesthetically pleasing stroke, there were very few similarities in their lopsided contest.   Continued...

 
Roger Federer of Switzerland serves to Richard Gasquet of France during their quarterfinals match at the U.S. Open Championships tennis tournament in New York, September 9, 2015.    REUTERS/Carlo Allegri