Federer can’t wait to play Wawrinka

Roger Federer revealed that he is eager to play fellow Swiss Ace Stan Wawrinka following their quarter-final wins on Tuesday at the Australian Open.

The Swiss pair won their respective last eight clashes in fine style at the Rod Laver Arena, both needing just three sets.

Federer was in a particularly dominant mood, putting together a superlative performance against Mischa Zverev to notch up 65 winners.

In his on-court interview with Jim Courier aftewards, Federer – who was seeded 17th after a lengthy injury layoff – indicated he did not expect to meet his Davis Cup teammate in the final four in Melbourne. 

"I didn't expect to play Stan in the semis, I thought maybe I'd win a few rounds and reach the fourth round or quarters…that was before I saw the draw!” said the 35-year-old.

"I'm happy I've played as well as I have, and I can't wait to play Stan. 

"He's a clutch player now, won a slam last few years, Davis Cup – I saw it close by. I have to stay aggressive – he's probably the biggest hitter in the game. 

"He's done great, but [he laughs] he doesn't need any more wins. "

Wawrinka will be looking to improve his rather poor record against Federer. The 2014 Australian Open winner has won on just three occasions out of their 21 meetings, with the most recent being a straight set win in the 2015 French Open quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, in the two matches since, Federer has not dropped a set against his fellow countryman.

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