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Roger Federer produced a vintage display to move into his fourth Rome Masters final as he dominated Swiss countryman Stan Wawrinka in a 64 62 win taking just 54 minutes.
The 33-year-old was at his best, especially in the second set when he won 25 of 35 points including a run of 18 points won out of a possible 19.
Wawrinka had claimed a memorable win over Rafael Nadal on Friday but came along way short this time around with Federer winning his 16th out of the pair’s 18 meetings.
“I think Stan played well for the first set but the second set once he went a break down he was not serving as big as usual,” said Federer, who will now meet Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s final, afterwards. “Maybe that was tactics but I was definitely able to take advantage.
“He’s also figuring things out as we go into the French Open and the win over Rafa was very good for his confidence. His game is there.
“I was very happy with how I played and how I imposed my game. I was really rock solid.”
Wawrinka offered no excuses joking “not today” in reply to a suggestion he had “played so well against Rafa.”
“I’ve had a hard couple of matches,” he said. “Today was not a great match. I did not play well. I started well but generally I felt a bit flat. I was not there today unfortunately. When you are not 100 per cent against Roger it can be really fast. He served well and it went really quick.”