Roger Federer has made it into the third round of the 2019 ATP Indian Wells Open where he will face Stan Wawrinka. Federer and Wawrinka have a long history and are two of the most decorated tennis players in the world.
Stan Wawrinka enters this match after winning his previous match in 3 sets. During the win, Wawrinka returned serve exceptionally well. Wawrinka won 44% of his return points which allowed him to break his opponents serve on 6 occasions. Stan Wawrinka has a good record at the Indian Wells Open as he finished second at this tournament in 2017.
On the other side of the court, Roger Federer enters this match in supreme form as he won his previous match in straight sets. It was a comfortable win for Federer as he won 90% of his service games and 44% of his return games to secure an easy win. Federer is coming off his 100th ATP title win as he won the Dubai Tennis Championships last week. Federer’s record at the Indian Wells Open is incredible as he has a win percentage of over 80% at this event. Federer has won this title on 5 occasions and has finished runners-up on 3 occasions. Federer finished second at this event last season.
Stan Wawrinka and Roger Federer have a long history as they have played each other 24 times in the past. As it currently stands, the rivalry is very one-sided with Federer winning on 21 occasions. The most recent match between these two players was in 2018 at the Cincinnati Masters where Roger Federer won in 3 sets.
As far as this match is concerned, I am going to pick Roger Federer to win. Federer is the stronger player and he seems to consistently be able to beat Wawrinka. With his form high after winning ATP Dubai, I see Federer winning another match and making the fourth round of the tournament.