Today’s match is Djokovic’s 7th consecutive semi-final at the US Open, the Serb having won the event in 2011 (over Nadal in 4 sets). Djokovic has also made the last four in a Grand Slam for the 14th time in a row. However, for his opponent Wawrinka, this is his first ever Grand Slam singles semi-final appearance (he made the US Open quarter-finals back in 2010).
“It’s going to be a very close match. I think there’s not a clear favorite. He showed today why he deserves to be top 10 in the world.” said Djokovic after his ¼ final victory over Youzhny.
In terms of their respective stats at this years US Open, the positives for Wawrinka are:
He has served more aces (45 to 33)
He has more unreturned serves (34% to 30%)
Has hit the faster serve (139mph compared to 128mph)
Has hit more winners (215 as opposed to 168)
However these seem outweighed by the positives for Djokovic:
He has spent less time on court (8.46 compared to 13.12)
Has won 60% of baseline rallies compared to 49%
Has won 55% of return games as opposed to 29%
Has been broken just 5 times, compared to 9 for the Swiss
Overall, the contrast in styles makes for a highly anticipated match, and if its anything like their Australian open match earlier this year in which the Serb prevailed 1-6 7-5 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 12-10, we are in for a real treat.