3/14/13 1:04 PM | Cheryl Murray
Roger Federer just edged out Stanislas Wawrinka for a spot in the Indian Wells quarterfinals.
Even in poor form by his standards, Roger Federer managed to secure his 13th win over compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka, this time with a 6-3, 6-7(4), 7-5 scoreline.
Federer served poorly through most of the match, a testament perhaps to the back problem the world No. 2 picked up earlier in the week. Wawrinka actually secured a service break right away in the opening set, but he couldn't hold onto it and Federer not only earned the break back, he secured a second break to take the lead.
Federer continued to struggle with his form in the second set. Wawrinka managed to keep pace with his countryman, and though neither man showed his best tennis, it was Wawrinka who came out on top in the tiebreaker.
Wawrinka appeared to have the third set under control, as he took the break lead. But just as in the first set, he quickly handed the advantage back to Federer with a poor service game. And though the match seemed headed to a deciding set breaker, it was not to be. Wawrinka's game deserted him as he was serving to stay in the match and Federer snagged a second break to get the win.
Federer will face old rival Rafael Nadal in a blockbuster quarterfinal.
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