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Roger Federer's Grand Slam renaissance faces the difficult if familiar obstacle of Stan Wawrinka on Thursday in an all-Swiss blockbuster for a place in the Australian Open final.
The 35-year-old Swiss marvel has been the talk of the year's first major in his unforeseen, roll-back-the-years charge at an 18th Grand Slam crown.
Federer has surprised even himself in reaching the semifinal after missing the -second half of 2016 following knee surgery, with his ranking slipping to 17.
He has tossed aside top-10 players Tomas Berdych and Kei Nishikori, along with Andy Murray's conqueror Mischa Zverev, to reach the last four and a date with long-time Swiss teammate Wawrinka wheat 1s jordan , the world No.4.
"If someone would have told me I'd play in the semis against Stan, never would I have called that one for me. For Stan, yes, but not for me," Federer admitted.
It is an intriguing matchup as the all-time great sizes up his long-term accomplice Wawrinka jordan 1 wheat golden harvest , with much on the line.
The statistics point to a Federer victory, -after 18 wins to just three in their career meetings and 5-1 in Grand Slam encounters.
But Wawrinka has developed into a great player on his own right under the coaching of Swede Magnus Norman, with three major victories in the last three years including a 2014 breakthrough triumph in Australia.
"He's become such a good player, I super-respect that the guy is able to transform his game in his footwork, in his mind jordan 1 wheat pre order , also in his game plan," Federer said. "He's always been a believer that he can do it."
Wawrinka, for so long in the shadow of Federer's stellar career, remains -respectful but there is a self-belief that makes him a formidable opponent in Thursday's showdown.
"I'm more confident with myself. When I step on the court it doesn't matter who I play. I know what I have to do if I want to win," Wawrinka said.
"Against Roger it's always special ... He's the best player of all time. He has an answer for everything. But I managed to beat him in a Grand Slam."
Wawrinka got one over Federer on clay in the quarterfinals of the 2015 French Open jordan 1 wheat for sale , although he was well beaten in their last Grand Slam meeting in the semifinals of the 2015 US Open.
"Last time I got killed in US Open. He was playing way better than me," he said. "He's playing so well since the beginning of the tournament ... Hopefully I can manage to play a great match."
In the recent dominance of Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, Federer's hopes of adding to his record 17 Grand Slams appeared forlorn, given his advancing years.
Federer is looking to become the second oldest man in the Open era after Ken Rosewall (at 37) to win a Grand Slam title.
The Swiss legend won his last Grand Slam at Wimbledon in 2012 and made his last major final at the 2015 US Open.
But Murray and Djokovic are no longer in Melbourne after stunning early round exits, boosting Federer's initially remote -chances. It is a fascinating sub-plot that his close friend Wawrinka may yet have the final say.
CAIRO jordan 1 high wheat , July 9 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's exports to the U.S. reached 10.6 billion Egyptian pounds (about 592.5 million U.S. dollars) in 2016, marking a 12.3 percent year-on-year increase, said Egypt's statistics authority on Sunday.
"Egypt's exports to the United States in 2016 represent 4.7 percent of the country's annual exports to the world," said the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) in its report on Egypt's economic relations with the United States.
The readymade clothes ranked top of the Egyptian exports to the United States, reaching a total 5.9 billion pounds (about 329.8 million dollars) and representing 56.1 percent of Egypt's total annual exports to the United States in 2016 jordan 1 retro wheat , according to the report.
As for Egypt's annual imports from the United States, they increased by 8.9 percent from 33.5 billion pounds (about 1.87 billion dollars) in 2015 to 36.5 billion pounds (about 2 billion dollars) in 2016.
"U.S. investments in Egypt reached 27 million pounds (about 1.5 million dollars) in 2016 compared to 13.2 million pounds (about 738,000 dollars) in 2015, an increase of 104.9 percent," said the CAPMAS report.
Egypt's ties with the United States greatly improved under the leadership of presidents Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and Donald Trump compared to the time of former U.S. President Barack Obama jordan 1 wheat release , whose administration suspended the annual 1.3-billion-dollar military aid to Egypt after the military removal of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013. and the later.
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ISLAMABAD, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani Taliban are mulling ceasefire as a recent series of attacks have cast doubts on the ongoing peace dialogue, Taliban sources told media on Sunday.
Reports suggested that the Taliban could announce a ceasefire within 24 hours. However, a Taliban source confirmed the political council is discussing the ceasefire but has not decided on any specific time frame for declaring the ceasefire.
"The Taliban political council has been discussing the option of ceasefire since last week's visit and talks of one of our intermediaries jordan 1 wheat ," a Taliban source said.
He confirmed the Taliban political council had put three initial conditions -- the release of all non-combat.