It's Federer v Wawrinka in All-Swiss Indian Wells Final

It's Federer v Wawrinka in All-Swiss Indian Wells Final

It's Federer v Wawrinka in All-Swiss Indian Wells Final

The 18-time Grand Slam victor showed why many think he's greatest player of all time by taking the first set in just 21 minutes and winning 27 of 41 points.

Someday, Federer and Sock will fight long and hard in front of fans whose withheld breath becomes a unique noise.

Prediction: Federer to take this one in three sets.

With Federer winning the Australian Open and Wawrinka claiming last September's U.S. Open, Sunday's final will bring together the two most recent grand slam champions.

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.

Fans will soon catch Federer on a more familiar teritory on Saturday (Sunday, Manila time) when he plays either Jack Sock or Kei Nishikori at the BNP Paribas Open final. The two Swiss have met 22 times before, and all three of Wawrinka's wins have come on clay.

Not that it showed in the fast first set.

The 24-year-old American zinged a backhand victor past Federer for a 3-1 lead in the decider to get the fans on his side, but Federer won six of the next seven points to wrap the tie. "I did. I'm able to keep going today which I'm very happy about".

That could be bad news for Sock, whose victory over fifth-ranked Nishikori was his first career win over a top-five player.

"I don't take this decision lightly, these are the matches we train for but I'm in no fit state to take to the court". That could be a valuable lesson for Sock, who's ranked 18 in the world.

Roger Federer and his boyband, the one-hand Backhand Boys, have made their much anticipated comeback, launching another rendition of Chicago's "Hard to say I'm sorry", only this time the trio were joined by none other than Novak Djokovic.

But Federer won six of the next seven points, including the last three, as he sealed the contest on his first opportunity.

"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.

But Federer flashed some brilliance in a fourth-round thumping of his old foe Rafael Nadal, beating the Spaniard 6-2, 6-3 in a reprise of his epic five-set win in the Australian Open final in January.

He overcame four match points against 12th-seeded Grigor Dimitrov in the third round and was two points from losing against Malek Jaziri in the third set before he pulled out a 4-6, 7-6 (1), 7-5 fourth-round victory.

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