Former World #1 Roger Federer beat Stan Wawrinka 7-5 6-3 1-6 4-6 6-3 in an epic semi-final clash at the Rod Laver Arena on Thursday.
Federer went two sets 7-5 6-3 ahead against his fellow countryman, but Wawrinka dished out an excellent comeback into the game, winning the next two sets 6-1 6-4.
The 17 time Grand Slam winner caught a lucky break in the fifth set, with Wawrinka double-faulting on break point. He capitalised on the opening, taking the final set 6-3 to enter his sixth Australian Open and his 28th Grand Slam final.
The 35 year-old called an end to his 2016 season early due to a knee injury and this tournament was his first major since Wimbledon last year. He is now set to face either Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov or his greatest rival Rafael Nadal in the final on Sunday.
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 26, 2017
This is a bit of a fairytale. #Federer. And the world is happy!
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 26, 2017
Love a bit of Roger. Man's an absolute machine.
— Grace Lee (@grace11_8) January 26, 2017
— Víctor Goded Álvarez (@goded19) January 26, 2017
Sensational tennis! #Tooearlyforadrink ?
— Alan Wilkins (@alanwilkins22) January 26, 2017
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) January 26, 2017
Roger Federer, GOAT, reaches 28th Grand Slam singles final of his career. Brilliant. (Going for record-extending 18th title, age 35).
— Nick Harris (@sportingintel) January 26, 2017