Sunday is final day but first we have semi-finals to deal with in Brisbane. With just four remaining only two and progress but who will end up fighting for one of the first titles of the season?
Stan Wawrinka v Kei Nishikori
This one is a good match-up. Both have gone about their business quite well in Brisbane so far with Stan’s only test being against Kyle Edmund in the previous round but came through in three sets. The Swiss number one leads the head to head at 4-3 but Nishikori won their last meeting which was one to forget for the three time Grand Slam champion who in all honesty played a very poor match at the O2 Arena which I wrote about (link below)
Stan just didn’t get any depth on the court and Kei used that serve out-wide and the volley at the net well to stop him from finding rhythm on the backhand which is what he will be aiming for when they meet tomorrow on the fast hard courts in Brisbane.
Milos Raonic v Grigor Dimitrov
Both recorded very big wins in the last round. Raonic got the better of Nadal for the second time in his career over three sets and for Dimitrov his good week in Brisbane continues as he saw off Dominic Thiem for a place in the semi-final after some good performances against some top players throughout the whole week.
After his win against Raonic the Canadian was asked if he could play better and his response was it would definitely be difficult. As defending champion there is some added pressure on him to win against Dimitrov and then the final and he needs to deal with that pressure on him this year.
This is the fifth time they have met with Dimitrov winning their last three meetings and Raonic hasn’t been victorious against the Bulgarian since 2011…