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Swiss superstars set for US Open semi-final showdown

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Swiss Davis Cup teammates Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka will clash against each other in the semi-finals of the US Open after both men produced outstanding performances on a wet Wednesday at Flushing Meadows, New York.

Federer was in quarter-final action against Frenchman Richard Gasquet out on Arthur Ashe Stadium, while the inclement weather meant that Wawrinka's match against the big serving South African Kevin Anderson had to be moved out onto Louis Armstrong Stadium.

 

Neither Swiss star was in a mood to hang around though as they ripped winners galore from the back of the court to pummel their opponents into submission.

Federer, a 5-time champion here at Flushing Meadows, put on a tennis clinic in front of an adoring public as he dismantled Gasquet in three very clinical sets, 6-3, 6-3, 6-1. Federer was in ridiculously amazing form, winning 87% of the points on his first serve and didn't face a break point all through the match.

Over on Armstrong, Wawrinka was just as clinical dismantling South African Kevin Anderson, who was playing in his maiden Grand Slam quarter-final.

Anderson though didn't do himself any favours, failing to land enough first serves, and looked like he hadn't quite yet recovered from his 4 hour marathon win against Andy Murray in the previous round.

Anderson battled bravely in the first couple of sets, but then went away rather timidly in the end, as he succumbed to a 6-4, 6-4, 6-0 defeat to the reigning French Open champion.

Federer will bring a very healthy 16-3 career head-to-head record against Wawrinka into Friday's semi-final. Wawrinka though will look to draw inspiration from their most recent meeting at the French Open when Wawrinka prevailed and went on to win the title, beating Novak Djokovic in the final. The younger Swiss will hope to do a repeat of just that later this week.