Stanislas Wawrinka has qualified for his first Grand Slam final in 36 attempts after claiming victory over Thomas Berdych 3-6 7-6 (7-1) 6-7 (3-7) 6-7 (4-7).
As expected of a game between two closely ranked players, the game was a narrow affair with Wawrinka coming out on top in just under three hours.
Eighth seed Berdych made the first fault of the match on the first break point before dropping a set in the following game, the 7th seed took advantage to go ahead, but Berdych came back to tie the first break point at 4-4.
The Swiss took control of the game and lead through a set point before the fourth and final set showed The Czech's vulnerability but the game was decided when Berdych fired over the baseline on the match point to send The Swiss through to his first Australian Open final.
After the game the victor said he didn't expect to make the final: "I'm speechless, It's amazing, I'm so happy to be here and to make my first Grand Slam final here. I'm working hard every day. I didn't expect to make a final in a Grand Slam, and tonight it's happening. I'm just really happy."
Wawrinka is only the second Swiss in history to make a Grand Slam final, after Roger Federer.
The world number six and Rafael Nadal play for a place in the final tomorrow, and if Federer comes out on top it will set up the first all Swiss Grand Slam final in history: "It would be amazing," said Wawrinka.
"Roger is the best player ever. He text me last night. He is happy it is the first time two Swiss guys are in the semi-finals. I told him for you it's normal, for me it's not normal.
"I'm going to watch the match tomorrow with some popcorn. I have two days to enjoy this win and then get ready for my first final."
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