ATP Indian Wells final preview: Roger Federer vs Stan Wawrinka

  • ATP Indian Wells final preview: Roger Federer vs Stan Wawrinka

ATP Indian Wells final preview: Roger Federer vs Stan Wawrinka

Nick Kyrgios of Australia celebrates match point against Novak Djokovic of Serbia in their fourth round match of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Wednesday.

Federer advances to his 43rd Masters Series final of his career against fellow countryman Stan Wawrinka on Sunday.

"Roger, we all know him, so nothing to say", a smiling Wawrinka said after he defeated Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain, 6-3, 6-2, in Saturday's first semifinal.

After rolling through the first set, Federer was pushed by Sock in the second. The Swiss earned another break for a 2-1 lead in the second set and never looked back, serving it out to take the set 6-2 and win the match in 64 minutes.

Federer did not face a break point over the course of the 74-minute contest.

Federer not only won his 18th major, he beat four top-10 players to do it and knocked off longtime rival Rafael Nadal in an epic five-set final during which he displayed age-defying brilliance. On the other hand, Sock outclassed fifth seed Kei Nishikori in a three-setter (6-3, 2-6, 6-2) in his quarter-final clash.

The Swiss will bid to tie Djokovic on the all-time Indian Wells title list with five on Sunday, and he will bid for his 25th Masters 1000 title. "So I'm happy I made it in straight sets because he was looking a little better at the end of the second set".

There has been nothing good for Wawrinka on a hard court against Federer, and based on current form there is no reason think the tide will suddenly turn.

"When I played him here last and I played him in Basel a couple years ago I don't think I went on the court giving myself a ton of chances of winning".

Saturday's semi-final win contrasted with Wawrinka's victories in the round of 16 and quarter-finals, in which he was stretched to a third-set tiebreaker by both Japanese lucky loser Yoshihito Nishioka and Austria's Dominic Thiem.

"Overall I played a good match", Federer said.

"I was excited for Miami a year ago, was going to test my knee, and then I got there and I got a stomach bug", he said.

"I don't take this decision lightly, these are the matches we train for, but I'm in no fit state to take to the court", he added. "But on the flip side of that, I am playing confident tennis as well myself". It has been that sort of stars-aligned season for Federer even if he did lose early in Dubai after winning the Australian Open, blowing a lead and three match points against Evgeny Donskoy, the 116th-ranked qualifier from Russian Federation.