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Photos: Roger Federer vs Stan Wawrinka - The most memorable moments from their rivalry

Hannah Wilks in ATP 19 Mar 2017
  • Roger Federer vs Stan Wawrinka in the Indian Wells final is live on Sunday at 1.00pm local time/8.00pm GMT
  • Federer leads the head-to-head with his compatriot 19-3
  • Watch and bet on tennis live from Indian Wells at bet365 > live streaming > tennis
Switzerland's two most famous tennis players, Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka, shake hands after the 2015 US Open quarterfinals (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

After playing second fiddle to Roger Federer for most of his career, Stan Wawrinka is now the higher-ranked of the Swiss rivals. Ahead of their 23rd meeting in the Indian Wells final, we look back at some memorable Federer vs Wawrinka moments.

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Roger Federer in action in Rotterdam in 2005 (TOUSSAINT KLUITERS/AFP/Getty Images)

Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka, both from Switzerland, played for the first time in the quarterfinals of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in February 2005. Federer was already a four-time Grand Slam champion; Wawrinka, four years his junior, was a qualifier ranked world no. 128. 

Federer won 6-1, 6-4. 

Federer and Wawrinka with their gold medals after winning the Olympic men's doubles in Beijing in 2008  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Having only played each other twice in singles, Federer and Wawrinka teamed up to represent Switzerland in the men's doubles at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 - a quest that took centre stage after Federer lost to James Blake of the USA in the singles competition.

Federer and Wawrinka won the gold medal for Switzerland after defeating Thomas Johansson and Simon Aspelin in a final that was most memorable for their rather curious post-match celebration.
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Stan Wawrinka looks across the net at Federer in Monte Carlo, 2009  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Surprisingly, it was in just their third meeting that Wawrinka got his first win over Federer. The then-world no. 16 Wawrinka defeated Federer 6-4, 7-5 in the third round of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters on European clay in cold and windy conditions - just a few days after Federer married Mirka Vavrinec, his long-time partner.

Wawrinka described the win as the 'most beautiful victory' of his career. 
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Federer on his way to victory over Wawrinka at the 2011 French Open (THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)

It was a victory that would not be repeated any time soon, however. For the next four years, even as Wawrinka's ranking rose and he started to play his compatriot more frequently, Federer reigned supreme over the Swiss no. 2, winning no fewer than 13 matches in a row against Wawrinka - ending Wawrinka's Grand Slam dreams three times and crushing his hopes of lifting a first Masters 1000 Series titles six times.

Wawrinka, with the Australian Open trophy, after winning his first Grand Slam in Melbourne in 2014 (WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

The dynamic between Federer and Wawrinka changed forever, however, when Wawrinka claimed a shock maiden Grand Slam title at the 2014 Australian Open, becoming the first man outside of the Federer-Nadal-Djokovic-Murray quartet to win a Grand Slam since Juan Martin del Potro at the 2009 US Open when he defeated Nadal in the final.

The victory for Wawrinka elevated him in the rankings above Federer, who had not won a Grand Slam title since Wimbledon 2012, and he became Swiss no. 1 for the first time.
Wawrinka's second victory over Federer followed a few months afterwards in Monte Carlo - the same place he had beaten Federer back in 2009. 

Wawrinka won 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-2 in the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters final to claim his first Masters title, an achievement which underlined the sense that the balance of power might be starting to shift. Federer and Wawrinka had practiced together, unusually, before the final.

'It's always special to play Roger,' Wawrinka said. 'We know it's always a strange match, especially being in the final here. He's my best friend on the tour.

'We respect each other so much. I'm just trying on the court to win the match. Before and after, we are still very good friends.'

Federer said: 'I think it's one of the those finals that I could have won but Stan was tougher at the end. I think he deserved it just a little bit more. Of course, I'm very happy for Stan. It's a huge win for him after winning his first Grand Slam this year, also to win his first Masters 1000. To take the opportunities when they're there, that's key in a tennis player's career.'
Federer struck back, however: First in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon, when he defeated Wawrinka in four sets, and then in a thrilling encounter in the semifinals of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

Wawrinka, making his second appearance at the season-ending championships, pushed six-time champion Federer all the way to a third-set tie break and held four match points before ultimately losing 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(6).
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Federer and Wawrinka at the net after Federer defeated Wawrinka in the semifinals of the 2014 ATP World Tour Finals (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The match was not without its controversy, however. Wawrinka complained to the umpire about the timing of some comments from Federer's wife Mirka during the match, in response to which Mirka audibly called Wawrinka a 'crybaby'.

The situation was made more awkward by the fact that the two were due to team up a week later for the Davis Cup final. Federer and Wawrinka had a reportedly heated confrontation after the match, but both insisted that the incident was behind them. 

Wawrinka, Federer and Swiss Davis Cup captain (and Federer's coach Severin Luthi) with their trophies after Switzerland won the 2014 Davis Cup (PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Federer and Wawrinka had no problems teaming up in the 2014 Davis Cup final, however. Facing France in Lille, Wawrinka notched the first point of the tie against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga while Federer suffered defeat to Gael Monfils. But the pair teamed up to claim a crucial doubles point against Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet before Federer clinched the tie with a win over Gasquet to bring Switzerland its first ever Davis Cup trophy. 

Wawrinka applauds Federer off the court after beating him in the quarterfinals of the 2015 French Open (KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)

Clay, once again, was the surface for Wawrinka's third career defeat of Federer as he beat him 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(4) in a brutal display of aggressive clay-court tennis in the quarterfinals of the 2015 French Open.

Wawrinka would go on to claim his second Grand Slam title at Roland Garros, denying the seemingly unbeaten Novak Djokovic his career Grand Slam in the final.
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Wawrinka and Federer in action at the US Open in September (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Federer and Wawrinka met again at the US Open in 2015, when Federer claimed a 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 victory over his compatriot in the quarterfinals (going on to finish runner-up to Djokovic) to improve to 17-3 lifetime against Wawrinka.

The Swiss superstars then squared off at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in 2015, 12 months after their gripping, controversial meeting at the same stage in 2014. Federer claimed a 7-5 6-3 victory- his fifth victory in six matches against his compatriot.

The most recent meeting between the pair came at the 2017 Australian Open, with Federer withstanding a mid-match fightback from Wawrinka to emerge triumphant in a thrilling 7-5 6-3 1-6 4-6 6-3 semi-final victory. Both players battled knee problems towards the end of the encounter, but it was Federer who finished stronger, claiming the memorable five-set triumph and going on to win his 18th grand slam title by beating Rafael Nadal in another five-set thriller in the final.

Federer and Wawrinka at the 2017 Australian Open (Photo by PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images)

They are due to face off for the 23rd time in the Indian Wells final on Sunday from 1.00pm local time/ 8.00pm GMT.

Roger Federer targets a record-equalling fifth BNP Paribas Open title at Indian Wells on Sunday against countryman and third seed Stan Wawrinka.

Roger Federer (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

An all-Swiss final awaits in the Californian desert as Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka battle for the Indian Wells Masters silverware on Sunday afternoon. Hoping to continue his fairytale return to tennis, Federer is looking to equal Novak Djokovic for the most BNP Paribas Open titles won with five, while the 18-grand slam champion is also striving to become the oldest Masters 1000 champion in history, surpassing Andre Agassi’s triumph at Cincinnati in 2004. Wawrinka meanwhile is through to just his fourth Masters 1000 final - and the first since winning his one and only Masters crown at Monte Carlo in 2014, where he coincidentally defeated Federer in a gripping three-set final. However, Wawrinka will have to achieve something he’s never done in order to emerge triumphant this time around, and that’s beat Federer on a hardcourt. It promises to be an electrifying 2017 Indian Wells final, with Federer and Wawrinka taking to court on Stadium 1 at 1.00pm local time (8.00pm GMT) on Sunday.


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