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Wawrinka to face Federer in Tour Finals semis

AFP logoAFP 21-11-2015
Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka celebrates after beating Britain's Andy Murray in a men's singles group stage match on day six of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament in London on November 20, 2015. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK © Provided by AFP Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka celebrates after beating Britain's Andy Murray in a men's singles group stage match on day six of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament in London on November 20, 2015. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK

Stan Wawrinka defeated Andy Murray 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 on Friday to set up an all-Swiss ATP Tour Finals semi-final clash with Roger Federer.

Wawrinka's victory sealed second place behind group winner Rafael Nadal and the world number four will play Federer in a rematch of last year's stormy semi-final encounter between the pair at the prestigious season-ending event at London's O2 Arena.

Federer won that meeting in three sets after saving four match points, but the match is mostly remembered for reports of a heated post-match row between the players which was allegedly sparked by Federer's wife Mirka heckling Wawrinka and calling him a "crybaby".

Defending champion Novak Djokovic, bidding to win the Tour Finals for a record fourth successive year, faces Nadal in the other semi-final earlier on Saturday.

Nadal leads Djokovic 23-22 in their career head-to-head, while Federer has won 17 of his 20 meetings with Wawrinka.

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