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    Roger Federer survives gallant Stan Wawrinka stand in five-set thriller to reach Aussie Open final

    Jan 26, 2017
    Roger Federer stayed on track for his 18th Grand Slam title after beating Stan Wawrinka in five sets to reach the Australian Open final. AP

    MELBOURNE, Australia — Roger Federer has rallied to reach the final of the Australian Open, beating Stan Wawrinka 7-5, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6, 6-3 in just over three hours.

    The sold-out crowd in Rod Laver Arena roared when Wawrinka double-faulted to give Federer the critical service break at 4-2 in the fifth set.

    The 35-year-old Federer calmly served it out two games later to become the oldest player to reach a Grand Slam final since Ken Rosewall made the 1974 U.S. Open final at the age of 39.

    "I never, ever in my wildest dream felt I was going to be coming this far in Australia and here I am. It's beautiful. I'm so happy," said Federer, who is playing in his first Grand Slam since coming back from six months off due to injury.

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    Roger Federer stayed on track for his 18th Grand Slam title after beating Stan Wawrinka in five sets to reach the Australian Open final. AP
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