Old Man Roger Federer Leads The Way In Brisbane Semifinals; Stan Wawrinka Strong In Chennai
by Sean Randall | January 8th, 2016, 7:51 pm
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Look who’s back in the Brisbane title hunt? It’s the ageless wonder Roger Federer. And at 34, he’s still getting it done. Last night in the quarterfinals he knocked out Grigor Dimitrov in three sets, and tonight he’ll join a trio of players 10 years his junior in the last four.

Federer will meet Dominic Thiem who chopped down Marin Cilic. I like Thiem a lot. He’s got good size, quickness, and he’s quite powerful, like a young Stan Wawrinka, though clay is where he’s played his best. So even though he might be fighting the flu, I have to lean to Federer in this one. And he’s undefeated under Ivan Ljubicic!

In the other semi, Milos Raonic takes on Bernard Tomic. Bernie had a great win in the quarters over Kei Nishikori.

“Obviously this win is huge,” said Tomic. “Now I’m at the level [over the] past few months being in the Top 20 and playing these players that have been consistently in the Top 10, 5 in the world. It’s a huge, huge feeling to play, and it motivates you. That’s what I needed. I needed match wins against these high profile players around the world.”

And Tomic will get another match against a high profile player in the Canadian. And while I’d like to see Bernie get through, I think I’ll go with the power and experience of Milos.

“Obviously this win is huge,” said Tomic. “Now I’m at the level [over the] past few months being in the Top 20 and playing these players that have been consistently in the Top 10, 5 in the world. It’s a huge, huge feeling to play, and it motivates you. That’s what I needed. I needed match wins against these high profile players around the world.”

Over in Chennai, Stan Wawrinka is looking like a man ready to 3-peat there. He’ll meet Benoit Paire in the semifinals. Borna Coric is off to a promising 2016, he’s in the semifinals against Aljaz Bedene.

“Stan is one of my best friends on the tour, so tomorrow will be a fun match,” Paire said. “I had a great 2015, playing Challengers and making my way back [to the Top 50, from outside the Top 100], so why not start 2016 with a final?”

The Brisbane semifinals start at 9:30pm ET with Federer on at 11pm ET.

SATURDAY BRISBANE SCHEDULE
PAT RAFTER ARENA start 11:30 am
ATP – [4] D. Inglot (GBR) / R. Lindstedt (SWE) vs [2] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS)

Not Before 12:30 pm
ATP – [4] M. Raonic (CAN) vs [7] B. Tomic (AUS)

Not Before 2:00 pm
ATP – [1] R. Federer (SUI) vs [8] D. Thiem (AUT)

Not Before 6:30 pm
FAST 4 LEGENDS – [1] P. Cash (AUS) vs [2] G. Ivanisevic (CRO)

Not Before 7:30 pm
WTA – SINGLES FINAL – V. Azarenka (BLR) vs [4] A. Kerber (GER)
WTA – DOUBLES FINAL – [1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) vs [WC] A. Kerber (GER) / A. Petkovic (GER)


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37 Comments for Old Man Roger Federer Leads The Way In Brisbane Semifinals; Stan Wawrinka Strong In Chennai

Wog Boy Says:

I have to admit, after watching Roger dismantling Thiem, that he not only duped Dimitrov last night into believing that he is injured, but he duped me too. Good job Roger.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Wogboy i wish i had this guys immunity system….


Gordon Says:

So,

Ljubicic gets his past and present in the very first final with Fed. Not that Fed has had a great deal of difficulty with Milos, but with Ljubicic in his corner that should make the match that much easier.

However, Raonic has had a bad string of injuries over the past 18 months. That was a hard fought and good win over Tomic, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets a set off of Roger.


madmax Says:

Some people can’t read properly. As a previous poster said, there is difference between an injury and a fever.

Enough said.


Emily Says:

I was really impressed w/ Bernie against Kei. When he’s actually playing well, his game is interesting to watch. However, I do think Raonic will overpower him.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Hi Emily congrats to your favorite,and as much as im pulling for these younglings to make some noise on the tour,i hope Stan wins the title ;-)….


Sarah Says:

well, well..Roger in danger? got broken by Milos…


FedExpress Says:

MTO for raonic. for what? for his hair?


Sarah Says:

Back issue…


FedExpress Says:

oh man fed.


Sarah Says:

Do not think Milos can keep up with Roger, lets see


FedExpress Says:

this inconsitency is killy fed the last few years to land a GS title


FedExpress Says:

fed in big trouble now


danica Says:

Break for Milos in 2nd set. Interesting.


Sarah Says:

and broken again…wow…How Ljubi must feel now


Travis Bickle Says:

Getting trashed by an injured guy – at that guy is Raonic!?!

Good night Roger Federer, go to your kids and read them stories…
This is embarrassing for your legacy.


danica Says:

Wow, what an ace from Raonic to lead 5:3 in second! One game away from title?


FedExpress Says:

yeah and nadal is playing like a king nowadays


danica Says:

SABR worked.


Travis Bickle Says:

You meant Surprising Aggression By Raonic?


Sarah Says:

Milos on serve now..hpefully he’s not nervous


danica Says:

Let’s see now if Milos has the guts to serve the match out.


danica Says:

Hahaha TB.
No, I meant Roger’s attack at the net right after serve :)


FedExpress Says:

another shank


danica Says:

Bravo Milos!
Congrats.


Sarah Says:

Congrats to Milos and to the Milos fans :)

Sorry for the Fed fans


FedExpress Says:

that monkey roar

congratz raonic. more than 250 u aint winning


danica Says:

And Roger tosses his bottle as if others have to pick up after him.

Well, this will be an interesting season for sure.


Travis Bickle Says:

Watch for Federer giving FULL credit to his opponent after the match, as he always does…
After all, we’re talking about perenial Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award winner here.


Sarah Says:

how dared some underdog to beat him :)


Wog Boy Says:

Milos to Roger after handshake at the net:
“You can keep Ljubicic, I shortchanged you;)”


Sarah Says:

Lol. Liked that comment, WB


Margot Says:

So Fedal loses……..interesting times……


Wog Boy Says:

I just finished watching the match and I can tell you that I don’t remeber ever seeing such a negative body language coming from Roger, he even trew the racqet on the ground after missing the shot. Raonic played within himself but smart and coming to net more often than usual and killing Roger with IO FH, but Roger was nervous, shanking, talking to himself..just not real danger for Milos.
Milos made it for the last year final when he chocked. Congrats to Milos, Moya and Piatti, you’ve done your homework.


mat4 Says:

I didn’t watch the match, but I followed Piatti’s work for some time, and, in fact, he was the one doing the hard job with Raonic, like he did before with other players — Gasquet, Ljubicic, Djokovic…

And it seems that a “star coach” is only successful in cooperation with a “working horse”, or several — Becker is good, because he has Vajda and Phil-Gritsch, and Moya will perhaps be crucial for Raonic, because he has Piatti in the background.

Fed has Pagannini and Ljubicic, but I have the impression that he need somebody else, and that Severin Luthi just isn’t the one.

It’s easy to be wise when all things are said and done, but from this perspective, a combo Annacone/Edberg/Pagannini was perhaps the thing to do.

Luck is so important in the battle against time.


Wog Boy Says:

Severin Luthi is there just to do fist pumps during the matches..


Sarah Says:

Fed does not need a coach. He’s a genius

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