SWISS BATTLE

Roger Federer has defeated his countryman Stanislas Wawrinka in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open. Federer won the match by 6-3, 6-7(4), 7-5.

This win took the Swiss Maestro in the final 8.

Against Wawrinka, Federer was cruising towards an easy win. He won the first set without having too many problems and then, in the second set, he was leading by 5-4 at one stage. He just had to win his next service game to end the match, but, he didn’t succeed in that. Wawrinka fought back very hard. Not only did he level the scores with a serve break in the 10th game, he eventually went on to win the second set in the tie breaker.

Wawrinka then started well in the decider as well. With a serve break in the third game, he took a lead of 2-1. However, Federer broke back in the 4th game to equalize the scores.

Neither of the two players dropped his serve in the next 7 games. After the 11th game, Federer had a lead of 6-5. Wawrinka had to win his next service game to take the decider into the tie breaker. But, that wasn’t the case to be. He dropped his serve yet again and that ensured his defeat.

After the match, Wawrinka said, “At the start, it was difficult. Roger was playing amazingly well and I was really feeling the heat. But, I am proud of the way I fought back during the later stages of the match.”

“It really got tight in the third set. Roger was calmer than me in the last few games and that took him through.”

In the quarter final, Federer will take on Rafael Nadal who defeated Ernests Gulbis of Latvia to secure a place in the quarter final.