Australian Open: Roger Federer eases past Mischa Zverev to set up tasty Stan Wawrinka semi-final

Roger Federer set up an intriguing all-Swiss semi-final against Stan Wawrinka after gliding past Sir Andy Murray’s conqueror Mischa Zverev.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion flew through the opening set of the match as his German opponent looked somewhat overawed but Zverev did at least make more of a contest out of it as the match progressed.

However, it was a routine victory for the former world No. 1, winning 6-1 7-5 6-2 to set up a tie with Wawrinka.

His compatriot reached the final four with a 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 6-3 win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a fiery match.

Both men are former winners here and it promises to be an entertaining contest.

Federer was simply breath-taking in the opening exchanges of the match, breaking Zverev twice on his way to a 5-0 lead.

The German did get himself on the board at the end of the set to avoid the bagel but the Swiss kept his nerve to take the first 6-1.

Zverev got off to a much better start in the second, looking a lot more composed, and got the break for 3-1.

However, the 35-year-old hit back moments after before levelling to 3-3. The Swiss then got the breakthrough at 5-5 and served it out for 7-5.

A break midway through the third did the trick for Federer and he strolled on in search of his fifth Australian Open title.



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