Federer, playing some of the best tennis of career at age 35, needed only 21 minutes to take the first set before winning a second-set tiebreak to set up an all-Swiss final in the California desert.

Federer, the ninth seed, will face countryman and third seed Stan Wawrinka for the title on Sunday.

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Wawrinka earned his first Indian Wells final with a 6-3 6-2 semi-final demolition of Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain.

Wawrinka converted his fifth break point in the third game of the second set to take a 2-1 lead and pulled away.

"It is an amazing result to be in the final here, especially in Indian Wells. I am really happy with the way I'm playing," Wawrinka said on atpworldtour.com. "I was mixing it up, so it was not easy for him to find a solution.

"Most of the time I know when I start to win the matches in the tournament, I start to get confidence, the good feeling with the ball, I know I play better and better.

"Normally semi-final, final, I always play some good matches. It doesn't mean I always win, but I know that I am going to play some good tennis."

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