A Wawrinka Federer final
While the womenÈs final is being contested by two Russian, the menÈs now finds itself in a similar situation, with the top two players from Switzerland successfully reaching the Indian Wells Masters championship round.
I start to get confidence, the good feeling with the ball. I know I play better and better.
Stan Wawrinka defeated Pablo Carrena Busta, the Spaniard who at 25, is starting to make an impression on the circuit by reaching the semis in Melbourne and advancing to the last four for the first time at a Masters event.
Unfortunately he ran into a player who is a master of the power game and after some early close exchanges, Wawrinka took control to run out a 6-3 6-2 winner.
ItÈs an amazing result to be in the final here, especially in Indian Wells, one of the best Masters 1000, the Swiss world number three, who lost just three points on serve in the second set, said. I am really happy with the way IÈm playing.
Reflecting on his close call on Wednesday, he added: Most of the time I know when I start to win the matches in the tournament, I start to get confidence, the good feeling with the ball. I know I play better and better.
And he will need to keep that momentum going when he faces Roger Federer in SundayÈs final who made light work of the powerful Jack Sock who he dominated to take the first 21-minute set for the loss of just one game.
Sock though, who admitted he rated Federer as the best player ever on the eve of his semi-final clash with the great Swiss, recovered to make a fight of it in the second only to see his hopes vanish in the tie-break.
Federer didnÈt face a break point throughout the match as he wrapped up the situation 6-1 7-6(4) to reach his seventh Indian Wells final and his 43rd at Masters level.
I definitely played great in the first set. I came out and really saw the ball well_ The second set was more like what I expected the first set to be, to be quite honest, before the match. It was hard to break and return well off JackÈs heavy serve, Federer said. Things got a bit more complicated, but it was definitely a good feeling to get through in two sets and to be back in another final here.
Roger FedererÈs resurgence is remarkable considering he was sidelined for six months last year and no one expected him, at the age of 35, to be in contention for the top titles.
So far his only hiccup was in Dubai, when he lost to the unheralded Evgenny Donskoy, world ranked 116, before going on to Melbourne to win his 18th grand slam title!
Federer leads Wawrinka with 19 wins to 3 losses but as he points out, the wins were achieved when he was at the top and his compatriot was still languishing in the teens and twenties. In addition, Wawrinka himself is now a grand slam winner as well.
"A lot of those matches came early when I was the overwhelming favorite when I was maybe still world number one and he was 30 in the world and his game was based heavily on the clay courts," Federer said of their forthcoming clash.
Now, he added, Wawrinka has developed his hard court game as he showed when he won the US Open last year.
"I think he does a really nice job of defending and then creating — going from defense to offense," Federer said. "He has improved his serve. Especially as he goes deeper in the tournament his confidence builds. That’s when he’s harder to stop."