The United States Open took a hit in July when Roger Federer announced that his season was over because of a knee injury. Fans were disappointed that the veteran Swiss master with the graceful one-handed backhand would be unable to make another run to a final.
But, only a few miles from Broadway, a capable understudy is filling in.
Stan Wawrinka, a Swiss who features a stylish one-handed backhand every bit as elegant as Federer’s, earned a place on one of tennis’s biggest stages Friday. With a 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-2 semifinal victory over Kei Nishikori in Arthur Ashe Stadium, he is into his first U.S. Open final.
“I’m really excited, really happy to make the final,” he said. “It’s something amazing for me.”
After a dismal first set in which he almost looked overmatched, Wawrinka stormed back…