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Federer could lose Swiss No.1 ranking

AAP logoAAP 23/01/2014 AAP
Federer © Made Nagi/AAP Image Federer

Roger Federer must beat Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open semi-finals on Friday night to avoid relinquishing his Swiss No.1 status he's held for almost 15 years.

But such undue pressure didn't stop the 17-times grand slam champion from celebrating Stanislas Wawrinka's epic quarter-final triumph over three-time titleholder Novak Djokovic.

Federer enjoyed Wawrinka's breakthrough victory almost as much as the winner himself.

"At the end, I was standing up, hands in the air like him," Federer said.

"When he wins big points, yeah, I guess you do fist pump. I high-five with (wife) Mirka.

"So it was good fun. We watched the entire fifth set together. Before I was watching more by myself. It was amazing."

Federer said he was drawing inspiration from Wawrinka ahead of his 33rd career showdown with Nadal.

"What I really love is another Swiss is in the semis as well. It's the first time in history. So that's a big deal," he said.

"I was really happy for Stan because he's been putting in an amazing effort for the last years and didn't always get compensated. That's the big news for me.

"He had a great season last year. He's really also getting the respect he deserves in his country now and also on the tennis tour."

Federer, the owner of the world No.1 ranking for a record total of 302 weeks, has also been Swiss No.1 since 2000.

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