It turns out a talented Swiss was destined for the U.S. Open men’s semifinals after all—just not the one the experts expected.
The 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 victory moves the 10th-ranked player out from the significant shadow of fellow-countryman Roger Federer and directly into the path of the game’s top-ranked player, Novak Djokovic.
Six-time Slam winner Djokovic will battle Wawrinka on Arthur Ashe Court on Saturday afternoon for the right to advance to Monday’s final.
The powerful Serbian took out Mikhail Youzhny in four sets late on Thursday to earn his 14th consecutive trip to a Slam semifinal.
What was expected to be a third Murray-Djokovic Slam showdown of 2013 will instead feature Wawrinka attempting to pull another huge shocker by preventing the Serb from reaching a fourth straight U.S. Open final.
On paper, the matchup seems to greatly favor Djokovic, but Grand Slams are decided on courts and not in notebooks. Wawrinka is playing the best tennis of his career and will give the game’s top player everything he wants this weekend.
Whether or not it will be enough remains to be seen, but if Thursday’s quarterfinals were any indication, we should assume nothing and just sit back and enjoy the action as it plays out between two streaking players.