Roger Federer was bounced from the French Open by eventual champion Stan Wawrinka back in June, but the world No. 2 got his revenge Friday night with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 semifinal win to advance to his first U.S. Open final since 2009.
According to ESPN Tennis on Twitter, Federer is now 238-2 in his career when winning the first two sets at majors and hasn't dropped a set since the tournament started. Also per ESPN Tennis, this is the fourth Grand Slam final Federer has reached without dropping a set and the first time he's achieved the feat at the U.S. Open.
The win also pushed Federer to 17-3 in head-to-head matchups with Wawrinka, including a 12-0 record on hard courts.
Thanks to a lethal serve that's allowed Federer to avoid break points almost entirely, the 17-time Grand Slam champion kept Wawrinka rushing around for responses that proved to be elusive. Federer crushed Wawrinka by winning 80 percent of his first-serve points while peppering him with 22 points at the net.
Fittingly, Federer punctuated the effort with an ace, which U.S. Open Tennis relayed on Twitter:
"It's definitely very good, maybe my best," Federer said of his play at the U.S. Open, according to the tournament's official Twitter account.
Federer drew first blood by breaking Wawrinka on his second service game of the entire match, and the world's second-ranked player didn't let up as the first set wore on.
Despite facing triple break point midway through the set, Federer stood tall and battled back to force deuce and ultimately win the frame's decisive game.
And while the loser of the first set had won three of the previous five matches between Federer and Wawrinka, that wasn't the case Friday night.
Federer won 67 percent of his first-serve points in the first set, and that percentage only increased in set No. 2. En route to nabbing a 6-3 second-set victory, Federer won 92 percent of his first-serve points and emerged victorious on 16 of the stanza's final 17 points, per ESPN Tennis.
But based on Wawrinka's pre-match comments, he likely wasn't surprised by Federer's dominance on serve.
"It's going to be tough because [Federer] is serving really well since the beginning of the tournament," Wawrinka said, according to ESPN.com's Peter Bodo. "I'm not going to have many opportunities. I will have to play really, really fast, be the aggressive player if I want to have a chance to beat him."
As the New York Times' Christopher Clarey observed, Federer was toying with Wawrinka at times as he cruised to a final showdown with Novak Djokovic:
Federer and Djokovic are now slated to clash for the sixth time this year Sunday. In their previous five meetings—all of which have come in tournament finals—Djokovic has hoisted the hardware on three occasions.
ESPN Stats & Info passed along another statistical tidbit about the impending matchup:
However, Federer may hold a slight upper hand after avenging his loss to Djokovic in the Wimbledon final with a victorious effort at the Western & Southern Open just over a month later.
With both players coming off straight-sets victories Friday, it should be a treat to watch the world's top two players trade wicked serves, epic groundstrokes and deft volleys at full strength.
Match stats are courtesy of USOpen.org unless noted otherwise.