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Wawrinka targets another upset
Stanislas Wawrinka will attempt to follow up his stunning victory over Andy Murray by knocking out world number one Novak Djokovic to reach the US Open final.
Wawrinka has had the best season of his career, capped by a run to the last four at a slam for the first time.
The Swiss showed he had reached a new level at the Australian Open in January when he pushed Djokovic to 12-10 in the fifth set in one of the matches of the year.
Wawrinka said of the clash: "It's one of the keys of my season, for sure. That was a really tough moment, but at the end I was really positive with that match because all Australian Open my level was better than ever.
"That's the most thing important for me. When I feel I'm playing good tennis, then I know the results will come."
The results certainly have come, and none better than his 6-4 6-3 6-2 win over defending champion Murray on Thursday.
The Scot was not at his best but even if he had been he would have had his work cut out to defeat Wawrinka, who served brilliantly, hit his groundstrokes with power and precision and was tactically faultless.
But the consistency of the top players in this golden era of men's tennis has been exceptional, and for those trying to break through to join the grand slam winners' club, beating one is never enough.
If Wawrinka is to succeed Murray as US Open champion then he will have to also get past Djokovic and probably Rafael Nadal, who meets Richard Gasquet in the other semi-final.
Juan Martin del Potro beat Nadal and Roger Federer on his way to the title in New York in 2009 but he is the only player who has broken the stranglehold of the big four in the last eight years.
Murray, meanwhile, arrived home in London to recharge his batteries before heading to Croatia with the Great Britain Davis Cup team for next weekend's World Group play-off.
After that Murray is scheduled to travel to Asia for tournaments in Bangkok, Tokyo and Shanghai before the European indoor season culminating in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London.
John McEnroe believes the Scot would be better off taking some time away from the sport to recover fully from the emotional impact of winning Wimbledon.
The seven-time grand slam singles champion told newspaper reporters: "I would take a month off.
"After all those years trying to win Wimbledon, inevitably there would be a letdown. There looked to be some mental strain there, a bit of burnout. He has been pretty flat in these American tournaments. I think it's a mental thing after all that effort.
"I felt like I was dealing with a lot of pressure when I played Wimbledon, some of it self-inflicted, but it was a lot more for Andy being a home player. The more you win, the more you are expected to win, but you can't win grand slams all the time."
Meanwhile, the women's final will be a repeat of last year's epic between Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka.