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

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

Despite his advantage, 18-time grand-slam champion Federer - who accounted for Jack Sock 6-1 7-6 (7-4) in Saturday's semi-final - is wary of the reigning US Open victor.

Indian Wells: Roger Federer reached the 10th Indian Wells Masters semi-final of his career by walkover as Australian Nick Kyrgios withdrew from their highly anticipated quarter-final with food poisoning.

One break of Carreno Busta's serve was enough to give him the first set, and Wawrinka earned a hard-won break for a 2-1 lead in the second with a blistering forehand on his fifth break point of the game that Carreno Busta had no hope of getting back.

They have also played each other a record 22 times in the past, but this is Wawrinka's first ever final at Indian Wells.

"No seriously, we're actually starting a boy band: The one handed #BackhandBoys", Federer captioned in posting the video on his Twitter account on Friday (Saturday NZ time). He pushed the Swiss number two, but Federer was too strong in the end, taking the match 6-2, 7-6 (4).

Federer is 4-2 in finals at Indian Wells, with his most recent title coming in 2012.

"The last few years I know that I lost some matches because of, most of the time, attitude". It was hard to break and return well off Jack's heavy serve, ? he added. So, for me, just because Novak might not play Miami and Andy is not, and I'm in the finals here, it doesn't change anything in my scheduling.




"I think he served really well", said Nishikori.

While Nishikori played better in the second to level the match, he dropped the first game of the third set to again concede the advantage.

"I was really looking forward to playing the match", Federer told fans waiting for the match on stadium court. The two most recently met in the 2017 Australian Open in the semifinals, with Federer winning in five sets. "These are the matches we train for, but I'm in no fit state to take the court".

"Sometimes you get lucky when you put yourself out there", Federer said of the Kyrgios withdrawal.

Both Pablo Carreno Busta, age 25, and Jack Sock, age 24, were at career-high rankings of 23 and 18 respectively. He withstood the booming serves of Steve Johnson to win two tiebreakers in their third-round match and he defeated longtime rival Rafael Nadal in the fourth round in straight sets.

"So far the season has been good, even tough", Wawrinka said.

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