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No. 7 seed Alexander Zverev is through to his first ever Grand Slam semi final after defeating Swiss star Stan Wawrinka in four sets.
Wawrinka looked to continue his impressive form in the Australian Open, claiming the opening set against Zverev. The Swiss star dominated play on Rod Laver Arena early, winning the opening five games and ending the opener in only 25 minutes.
While Zverev could only manage to win 50% of points on first serve in the opening set, Wawrinka faultlessly won 100% of first serve points.
This was the first set German has lost all competition, only winning 11 points.
However, Zverev quickly recovered to equal the scores in the following set, breaking late the claim the second set 6-3. He won 20/20 points on his serve in a remarkable turnaround.
Zverev continued his resurgence in the third set, breaking serve early to take control of the match. The German was awarded two set points on Wawrinka’s serve at 5-3, but wasn’t able to convert either opportunity.
However, Zverev didn’t have to wait long, winning the following game to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
The German No. 7 seed was fully in control of the fourth, cruising to a 4-0 lead, only two games away from a spot in the semi finals.
Four games later, Zverev was celebrating his fifth victory of the Australian Open.
“I’ve done well in other tournaments … but I never could break that barrier in a Grand Slam. I’m happy to be in a semifinals,” Zverev said.
“You guys can’t imagine what this means to me. I hope this will be the first of many.”
Zverev will face either Rafael Nadal or Dominic Thiem in the semi finals.
Wawrinka vs Zverev score: 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 2-6