Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates his victory over France's Richard Gasquet in their quarterfinals match at the U.S. Open Championships tennis tournament in New York September 9, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
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Five-time champion Roger Federer will prepare for his U.S. Open semifinal clash with close friend Stan Wawrinka by sleeping as much as possible.The 34-year-old Swiss believes napping, as well as the routine of practice and gym work, is just as crucial as he enters his 10th New York semifinal and 20th career clash against his compatriot.He is so fond of sleep that Federer will look to get in as much as 10 hours a day before Friday's semifinal, where the winner will face either world No. 1 Novak Djokovic or defending champion Marin Cilic in Sunday's championship match.Wawrinka believes he is now the equal of Federer, something he did not quite believe before he won his first major at the 2014 Australian Open.His five-set wins over Mikhail Kukushkin in the third round and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals are two of the three longest matches at the tournament this year.His 4 hour 11 minutes battle with Kukushkin was just seven minutes short of the time it took Kevin Anderson to knock out third seed and 2012 champion Andy Murray in the round of 16 .
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