Roger Federer set up a showdown with Novak Djokovic when he beat fellow Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka 7-5 6-3 in their semi-final at the ATP World Tour Finals in London on Saturday.
The 34-year-old six-times champion fell 4-2 behind in the opening set but rattled off four consecutive games to move ahead and cruised through the second set with smooth efficiency.
Wawrinka saved a match point at 2-5 but 17-times grand slam champion Federer closed out victory in little more than an hour.
World No.3 Federer, who won all his group matches this week, has reached the final of the year-ender for the 10th time but has not won the title since 2011.
Last year, when he also beat Wawrinka in a gruelling semi-final, he conceded the final to Djokovic with a back strain.
Four-times champion Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-3 in the day’s first semi-final.
Spaniard Nadal had looked like his old dominant self with round-robin wins against Andy Murray, Wawrinka and David Ferrer, but the world No.5 was no match for Djokovic who was at his clinical best.
World No.1 Djokovic, bidding for a fourth consecutive title at the season-ender, and a fifth in total, launched an early onslaught, breaking Nadal’s serve in the second game of the match with four sweetly-struck, clean winners.
From then on he was barely troubled by the 14-times grand slam champion who could make little impression.
A dipping backhand forced a Nadal volley error to give the Serbian two break points in the fifth game of the second set and he converted after a fierce baseline rally.
There was no way back from there for Nadal. Djokovic was clearly in a hurry to finish the job, breaking again at 5-3 with a flurry of pinpoint winners.