Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Roger Federer to face Stan Wawrinka in all-Swiss Indian Wells final

Roger Federer to face Stan Wawrinka in all-Swiss Indian Wells final

Federer is aware of Wawrinka's improved performances on the hard courts.

"For me, it's great-it's (an) unbelievable result to be in the final here, especially in Indian Wells, one of the best Masters 1000 (events)", Wawrinka commented.

When Federer met Sock at Indian Wells in 2015, the American was ranked only 59.

In addition, Federer has yet to lose a set, let alone a single service game. Federer then won the next two points to snatch the tie-break 8-6.

Wawrinka took a much more circuitous route to the semis, twice needing three sets-and third-set tiebreakers-against Yoshihito Nishioka and Dominic Thiem. Today's all-Swiss showdown marks the first final between two countrymen at the Masters event since Andre Agassi defeated Pete Sampras in 2001. The 2017 champion will become the oldest male victor at the tournament. Rod Laver, Jimmy Connors and Pete Sampras, Jimmy Connors were 31.

Speaking to Tennis World USA he said: "He [Federer] is incredible".

"To be away that long was really hard but to be back on court feeling normal again is so nice", Federer said. Wawrinka has only beaten Federer on clay courts.

Federer has won 19 of 22 career meetings with Wawrinka, including a semi-final win at the Australian Open in January.

"I think conditions are helping the good servers", said Federer.

Moreover, the Swiss maestro revealed that he does not intend to play as many tournaments this season with staying fit and healthy throughout the campaign his main priority rather than chasing the number one ranking.

There was a steely response from Carreno Busta at the start of the second set as he held to love and got Wawrinka to 30-30 on the 2016 US Open champion's serve, but he could not make the pressure count. Whatever. Roger's playing great but Stan's a different match that a Sock or a Nadal.

Kuznetsova, seeded third at Indian Wells, wasn't at her best in an attritional last-four encounter.

No. 21 Carreno Busta was the lowest seed to reach the semifinals at the desert tournament since 2014.

Meanwhile, US Open champion Wawrinka defeated Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3, 6-2 in a match that lasted for more than an hour.

Wawrinka will look to use his powerful groundstrokes to upend Federer.

However, Wawrinka can not be counted out. I play better and better. The one-handed backhands will be on full display on Sunday as the 2017 BNP Paribas Open ends.

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