Roger Federer vs. Stan Wawrinka
Each man handed the other a straight set Grand Slam loss this year. Wawrinka went 20-3 and Federer went 18-4 in Grand Slam play this year. Federer was stronger in Masters 1000 play, and Stan has shown a penchant for finding his best tennis when he needs it most. Both players boast attacking games, but Federer’s attack has been quite net oriented for the prevous two seasons. Stan’s attacking game comes more in the form of planting his feet and crushing the ball. An indoor surface should benefit both players strengths. It is possible the surface will be a little too fast to allow Stan to plant and hit as often as he would like. Roger was also 3-0 in round robin play and has a day of rest heading into this clash.
Roger will need to serve well and exploit angles to keep Stan off balance. Stan will need to serve well to give his heavy shots time to break down Roger and Roger’s momentum.
My Prediction: Roger Federer d. Stan Wawrinka 7-6, 7-6