Saturday’s afternoon session pits Kei Nishikori of Japan against Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka, which will be their first encounter in over a year and a half.
Although Wawrinka owns the head-to-head 3-to-1, their previous two matches have been high quality affairs, with the Swiss coming through a tight third-set tiebreak at the Australian Open in 2015 and Nishikori prevailing in a five-set epic en route to his first Grand Slam final at the 2014 US Open.
Both have faced stern opposition leading up to the semifinals. Nishikori dropped a set in the quarters to a resurgent Grigor Dimitrov, while Wawrinka needed tense tiebreaks to overcome Mikhail Youzhny in his first match.
This exciting clash of the tournament’s No.2 and No.3 seeds is sure to be a thriller – here’s how they stack up:
|Nishikori (JPN)||Wawrinka (SUI)|
|December 29, 1989
(26 years old)
|Birthdate||March 28, 1985
(31 years old)
|No. 6||Ranking||No. 5|
|No. 4 (March 2, 2015)||Career-High Ranking||No. 3 (January 27, 2014)|
|Miami final, Barcelona final, Madrid & Rome semifinals; Memphis champion, Australian Open quarter-final||2016 Results So Far||French Open semifinals, Dubai champion, Chennai and Geneva champion, Monte Carlo quarter-finals|
|Washington & Barcelona champion, Australian Open & French Open semifinals; Madrid & Montreal semifinals||Best 2015 Results||French Open champion, Australian Open and US Open semifinals, Wimbledon quarter-finals; Rotterdam and Tokyo champion|
|Semifinals (2015)||Best Rogers Cup Result||Quarterfinals (2011)|
|2014 US Open final; three-time Australian Open quarter-finalist, 2015 French Open quarter-finals; 11 ATP titles||Notable Career Results||2014 Australian Open & 2015 French Open champion, 2014 Monte Carlo champion; 2008 Rome & 2013 Madrid finalist; 14 career titles|
Wawrinka leads the head-to-head 3-1
2015 Australian Open quarterfinal – Wawrinka d. Nishikori 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(6)
2014 US Open quarterfinal – Nishikori d. Wawrinka 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(7), 6-7(5), 6-4
2012 Cincinnati third round – Wawrinka d. Nishikori 6-3, 6-3
2012 Buenos Aires quarterfinal – Wawrinka d. Nishikori 6-4, 6-2