Roger Federer’s dream of an 18th Grand Slam title is very much alive after he defeated Stan Wawrinka in a pulsating semi final clash at Flushing Meadows.
The number two seed has been in magnificent form over the past fortnight and continued to play irrepressible tennis as he overwhelmed his compatriot 6-4 6-3 6-1.
At 34, Federer is producing some of the best tennis of his all-conquering career, winning all 18 sets so far on his way to becoming the oldest Slam finalist since Andre Agassi in 2005.
Wawrinka came into the contest buoyed by his French Open triumph over his old friend, but rarely looked like repeating that after Federer saw off an early challenge and secured the only break of the opener in the third game.
Federer’s domination grew as the match wore on and a double break at the end of the second set put him in complete control.
Wawrinka’s challenge faded badly in the third as his unforced error count continued to rise and Federer sealed a final spot against Djokovic in just one hour and 32 minutes.