<![CDATA[Roger Federer is the odd-man out in the US Open semi-finals being the only one of the quartet not currently holding a Grand Slam title. His straight sets win over Richard Gasquet has set up an all Swiss clash against French Open holder Stan Wawrinka while reigning US Open champion Marin Cilic faces Wimbledon winner Novak Djokovic in the other. Federer looks in great form and online tennis betting tipsters will be expecting the second seed to maintain an incredible run that has seen him win all 25 of the last sets he has played and progress to Sunday's final.
His 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 victory over Gasquet at Flushing Meadows was a routine affair taking only 87 minutes and featured 50 straight winners compared to the Frenchman's eight.
The 17 time Grand Slam champion's current unbeaten run is his best since 2008 but Federer is sure to face a tougher test when he takes on his countryman Wawrinka for a place in the final. Wawrinka made light work of Kevin Anderson with the South African unable to find the same power and energy that he had harnessed in the previous round to dispatch Britain's Andy Murray. The champion of Roland Garros dominated throughout and should be as fresh as Federer given the 6-4, 6-4, 6-0 result.
Betters choose form or history
Online tennis betters will have to choose if they go for history or recent results before picking their choice of the Swiss pair given Federer has won 16 of the 19 matches against Wawrinka. However, the last time the pair met was at the French Open quarter finals and looking ahead to their imminent encounter Federer said: “Stan played a wonderful match against me in Paris. “He can consistently bring the power on forehand, backhand, and serve out almost anybody when he gets hot.
“It is cool for us to have two Swiss in the semi-finals.”
Emotional Affair for World Number 1
A Serb and a Croat make up the other semi with the number one seed Djokovic taking on the reigning champ Cilic.
Djokovic needed four sets to overcome the challenge of Spain’s Feliciano Lopez in their quarter final and made it nine US Open semi-finals in a row with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) victory over the 18th seed. It was clearly an emotional affair for Djokovic who, with the match tied at one set each, ripped off his shirt as he headed for his chair, smashed his racket down and let out a scream. “It was frustrating at times,” the Serb said, “but this is the quarter-finals of a grand slam. This is what you expect.”
What fans, tennis tipsters and online tennis betters can expect is likely to be as unpredictable as the outburst as Djokovic, despite his dominance of the game has only won the US Open title once before.
Cilic had the toughest test of the quartet to make it through to the semi-finals and was stretched all the way by France’s Wilfred Tsonga. The Croat let slip a two-set lead and several match points before finally securing his place with a 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7-3), 6-4 win.
By: Joe Cahal