Stanislas Wawrinka overcame defending champion Andy Murray to reach the US Open 2013 semi-finals, his biggest achievement up to date. The Swiss, stepping out of Federer shadow, prevailed in straight sets 6-4 6-3 6-2 in just 2 hours and 15 minutes.
This will be the first ever Grand Slam semi-final appearance for Wawrinka, who even received a congratulatory message from his very good friend Federer after the match.
Stan entered the centre court in New York with a lot of confidence, striking the ball as clean as a whistle. He started overpowering Murray from both wings as the first set got to it’s final stage. When serving to stay in the set at 4-5, Andy averted 5 set points in a nail biting game that kept the spectators at the edge of their seats, but Wawrinka eventually broke after the Scot produced a forehand unforced error, handing the Swiss a lead in the match.
The crucial moment of set two came in the 6th game, when Murray dropped serve to love to give Wawrinka a 4-2 lead. This proved to be enough for the Swiss, who closed out the set with a hold to 30 and was yet to face a break point in today’s encounter.
Any hopes for a Murray comeback started to fade away after he went down a break at the start of the third set. Wawrinka was punishing him with some moster ground strokes, hardly making any mistakes, getting closer and closer to the biggest win of his career. The Swiss stamped his authority by taking the Brit’s serve once more just before striking three forehand winners to book his place in the Saturday’s semis.