Former world number one Roger Federer booked his place in the Australina Open semi finals with a comprehensive 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 victory over Stanislas Wawrinka.
In a quarter final that only lasted an hour and 47 minutes, Federer showed little regard for his close friendship with his opponent and blew his opponent off the court with a host of winners.
“I prefer to play aggressive,” Federer said. “I think at crucial times it haunted me playing a bit passive instead of trying to take it to the opponent a bit more.
“With success sometimes you get a bit comfortable. Because it’s working, why change it?”
“I was always trying to look for new ways but there were times it didn’t work against a few players, or I ran into a few players at the wrong times maybe.”
Federer is now working with Pete Sampras’s former coach, Paul Annacone, who he credits with helping find his winning formula.
Federer is looking to add to his 16 grand slam titles here in Australia, and will also want to stop world number one Rafa Nadal from winning and holding all four grand slams at the same time.
Federer, who will face either Djokovic or Berdych in the semi final, won the first set in just 29 minutes, and the second and third followed without a hitch, the one sided action being interrupted only by Wawrinka smashing his racquet in frustration at losing the opening game of the third set.
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