Australian Open 2017: Roger Federer and Williams sisters advance to finals
On the way to final, the 35-year-old Federer has gone through a five-set battle with his fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka, 7-5 6-3 1-6 4-6 6-3.
Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Venus Williams powered to the final of the on-going Australian Open Tennis Championship.
On the way to final, the 35-year-old Federer has gone through a five-set battle with his fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka, 7-5 6-3 1-6 4-6 6-3. Federer has arranged a final against Spaniard Rafael Nadal or Grigor Dimitrov, who meet in Friday's second semi-final.
After the match, Federer commented on his professional rivalry with Rafael Nadal, "It's real, I can really actually talk about a final, I've been dodging that bullet for the last few days."
"Rafa's given me the most problems in the game. I'm probably Rafa's number one fan, I think his game is just tremendous. He's an incredible competitor."
"I'm happy that we've had some epic battles over the years and of course it would be unreal to play him here."
On the other hand, Venus Williams made her way to final by holding off her 25-year-old American compatriot CoCo Vandeweghe in a three-set semifinal to meet with Serena Williams.
In Saturday's final Venus will play against Serena Williams who advanced to the final with a much more one-sided 6-2, 6-1 victory over Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, an unseeded 34-year-old Croatian ranked 79th.
“She’s my toughest opponent,” said Serena Williams, who holds a 16-11 edge in their sibling rivalry. “No one has ever beaten me as much as Venus has. She has a pretty good record against me, and we have a good record against each other. I just feel like, no matter what happens, we’ve won. She’s been through a lot, and I’ve been through a lot. And to see her come back and do so well is great.”