It would be an all Swiss affair at the finals of the 2017 BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells in California, the U.S as Stan Wawrinka will face off with Roger Federer. 96 players started the tournament and now, it’s down to just these 2 — well deserved if I might add.
Wawrinka strode past 21st seed, Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3 6-2 in Saturday’s opening semi-final. Wawrinka broke his Spanish opponent 3 times as he qualified for his first Indian Wells final.
“I mixed a lot of speed and spin,” Wawrinka said. “It’s not always easy here. I was mixing it up, so it was not easy for him to find a solution.”
18-time Grand Slam winner, Federer who has been in very fine form had no troubles in the other semi-final against American, Jack Sock.
The world number 10, who has won the Indian Wells 4 times, did not face a break point as he demolished the American 6-1 7-6(4).
Federer was swift in getting two breaks on the 17th seed’s serve in the first set as he took the set in barely 20 minutes. The American came back stronger in the second set and even took the match to a second tie-break but at 3-1, Federer stayed stronger and won the next six points to book a place in his seventh Indian Wells final.
“Overall I played a good match, struggled a bit in the second set but Jack got into it,” 35-year-old Federer said in a courtside interview.
“It was tough in the end. I don’t think I played the best tiebreaker but it was enough to get through and I’m super happy to be in the final.”
- Federer and Wawrinka are Davis Cup teammates and occasional doubles partners but against each other, Federer has a 19-3 record and has never lost to Wawrinka on hardcourt
- Federer has lost their only matchup in an ATP Masters 1000 final, at the 2014 Monte Carlo Masters.
- Both men met most recently at the Australian Open, where Federer prevailed in five sets in a semi-final.
The match would be played today at 9pm, Nigerian time