On March 18, 2017, Stan Wawrinka beat Pablo Carreno Busta. Wawrinka advanced to the final at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif. It is determined he will play Roger Federer, a four-time Indian Wells champion.
Wawrinka defeated Busta in a 64-minute match without a breaking point. Busta fell to a low point in his career against the Swiss tennis player and is now 0-3. In his previous two matches, he played tiebreakers for the wins.
The Swiss had a knee injury in the previous season and said he had to take time off to heal. He went on to say he did hard work at home so he could become fit and ready to play.
Busta is ranked at No.21, and presently, the lowest seed. He reached the desert semifinals tournament, in 2014, making it the biggest semifinal of his career. The Spaniard attempted to reach the semifinals 16 times, previously, at the ATP Masters 1000 and failed.
Federer beat American Jack Sock and advanced to the semifinals. He is a veteran at the BNP Parabis Open finals, which makes Busta the underdog. Although, 2016, marked a year of injuries for Federer, which left him playing in just two majors and only seven ATP events.
Federer has played against tough athletes like Novak Djokovic, and Dominic Thiem. He only competed for half a year, and for the first time, he missed two Grand Slams due to his injuries. After Wimbledon, Federer worked towards making a strong come back in 2017. The BNP Paribas Open finals match-up between Federer and Busta is set for Sunday, March 19.
Written by Katherine Miller
Edited by Tracy Blake
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