Best Play For Final: Stan Wawrinka vs. Roger Federer

Joao Mourato

Sunday, March 19, 2017 2:45 PM UTC

Sunday, Mar. 19, 2017 2:45 PM UTC

Join our expert tennis capper for his ATP Indian Wells Final analysis. Find out our top tennis pick for this Sunday's action and why you should place this valuable bet.

Stan Wawrinka (3) vs. Roger Federer (9)

The 2016 US Open champion – Stan Wawrinka – couldn’t ask for a better return to the United States. Known as a big match player, Wawrinka is famous for playing his best tennis on the big stages with a phenomenal 11 – 1 record in finals since 2014. After needing third-set tiebreakers to win his previous two matches, Stan didn’t experience any problems on his semifinals contest against Pablo Carreno Busta. The 25 years old Spaniard couldn’t find an answer to Wawrinka’s firepower with the Swiss not facing a single break point throughout the entire match.

Roger Federer continues his impressive campaign in Indian Wells with the four-time champion reaching this stage of the competition without dropping a single set. Adding to this, neither of his four previous opponents were able to break him with Federer facing only one break point throughout the entire competition. Even though Federer is famous for his backhand slice, the Swiss has been more aggressive than ever with that shot. Roger’s numbers against Rafael Nadal are a perfect example with the Swiss firing 40.00% of his baseline winners on that match with his backhand.

These two players know each other very well, not only because this is the 23rd career meeting between them but also due to their longtime friendship.

Even though Federer won 19 of their previous 22 encounters, Wawrinka is never an easy match-up for his fellow countryman. We saw that earlier this year in Melbourne with Stan taking the match into a fifth set despite some physical problems on his knee. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to take advantage of Wawrinka’s betting odds by adding his set handicap to your betting picks.


Free Tennis Pick: Stan Wawrinka +1.5 Set Handicap (-133)Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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