Zee Media Bureau/Suyash Srivastava
Melbourne: Stanislas Wawrinka defeated Tomas Berdych 6-3 6-7(1) 7-6(3) 7-6(3) in the first semi-final of the Australian Open 2014, to book his berth for the final to be played on Sunday.
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It was a closely fought match between the two players, which had three tie breakers. With this emphatic win, the Swiss has advanced into his first singles Grand Slam final.
Wawrinka won the first set convincingly in just 31 minutes. The 28-year-old Swiss broke Berdych's serve in the eighth game of the first set and then went on to serve for the set.
Both the players gave a neck-to-neck fight to each other, they served really well and hit more than 15 aces respectively.
Surprisingly, the spectators didn't get to see more backhand winners from Wawrinka, who now has a reputation of having the best backhand in men's tennis at the moment. The Swiss rather trusted his forehand, as he went on to hit several cross-court backhand winners.
Berdych on the other hand was impressive with his serve which helped him save several break points off his own serve. Barring the first set, the Czech managed to give the crowd entertainment worth their money.
Wawrinka's win over Berdych has set the possibility of an all-Swiss final. The second finalist would be decided on Friday, as 17-time Major champion Roger Federer takes on Rafael Nadal in a much-awaited semifinal clash.
Earlier, Wawrinka had announced himself at the big stage as he knocked out defending champion Novak Djokovic in another epic five-setter.