I wanted to wait until both parts of the semi-final match aired, to view it as one whole match instead of two parts.
What we knew is that Sawyer had made Ash his goal. From the very beginning he wanted to follow in his footsteps and battle just like him. Over time, we saw that Sawyer improved at a rapid pace but was still levels below Ash. However, when Ash and Greninja had the moment of struggle with their synchronicity transformation, that’s when Saywer’s progress hit Ash like a truck. He couldn’t underestimate him anymore. So for this semifinal match, Sawyer will put into play his counter strategies for what he knows of Ash’s team.