Federer, Wawrinka set up showdown in Indian Wells final

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Indian Wells (California), March 19 (IANS) Swiss tennis great Roger Federer continued his strong run of form at the BNP Paribas Open, defeating American Jack Sock to set up a title showdown against compatriot Stan Wawrinka.

Federer on Saturday raced out to a quick lead and wrapped up the first set of the semi-final match before the first ball change, reports Efe.

Sock then managed to hold his serve throughout the second set, but the 18-time Grand Slam champion won the tiebreaker handily to wrap up a 6-1, 7-6 (7-4) victory.

Federer, who routed arch-rival Rafael Nadal of Spain in the round of 16, has not lost his serve once in four matches and has only faced one break point.

Earlier Saturday, the third-ranked Wawrinka made quick work of Spaniard Pablo Carreño Busta to reach his first Indian Wells final.

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“It’s an amazing result to be in the final here, especially in Indian Wells,” the Swiss three-time Slam winner said after his 6-3, 6-2 victory. “I am really happy with the way I’m playing.”

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.

The 10th-ranked Federer will be looking to win this hard-court ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event for the fifth time on Sunday.



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