Men’s Australian Open Semifinal Preview
In case you haven’t been watching ESPN in the late night and early morning, you may not have seen that the Australian Open is currently going on.
They are down to the final four for both the men and the women’s brackets.
So here is a preview of the match-ups on the men’s side:
The first pairing puts the prides of Switzerland against each other.
#4 Stan Wawrinka takes on #17 Roger Federer
These two have faced off against each other a total of 21 times, with Federer winning 18 of those matches.
Wawrinka however has been quietly building himself into one of the most feared players in all of tennis. Wawrinka has won three Grand Slams in the last three years. They are also the only Slams he has made the finals.
Wawrinka has one thing working in his favor, and that is the fact that he gets better and better the farther into a tournament he goes.
Federer on the other side, has won 17 Grand Slams, including four at the Australian Open.
The other side of the semifinal features another all time great against an up-and-comer.
#9 Rafael Nadal faces off against #15 Grigor Dimitrov
These two have met each other in eight prior matches, with Nadal winning seven of those.
Nadal has won 18 career Grand Slams, including the 2009 Australian Open.
Dimitrov has no Grand Slams to his name, but is the young pup in the group. At the age of 25, he is the only one of the four, under the age of 30.
As far as predicting how this will play out…
Wawrinka will wear down Federer with never-ending drive especially late in tournaments. This will upset a lot of tennis fans who would love to see Federer vs. Nadal once more.
On the other side, the lights will be a little too bright for the young gun, and Nadal will beat Dimitrov.