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Federer eases to victory

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:14

The world number two showed no mercy to his good friend, wrapping up the match in just 57 minutes.

Wawrinka appeared overawed by the occasion in front of a sell-out crowd at the former home of the Australian Open, Federer breaking three times in the opening set before wrapping it up in 27 minutes.

It was more of the same for the 13-time grand slam champion in the second set, breaking Wawrinka in the second game and racing to a 3-0 lead.

The younger Swiss man tried his best to claw his way back into the contest with some ferocious groundstrokes but Federer barely raised a sweat as he closed out the set and the match on his first championship point.

It was a devastating display from the former world number one ahead of the Australian Open where he will take on Italian Andreas Seppi in the first round.

“It was a wonderful preparation for all the players for the Australian Open. I don’t want to get too excited about it – but I think I played a really great match today against Stan,” Federer said after collecting his trophy.

“I’m happy I played my best tennis at the very end.”

Federer – who easily won all three of his matches this week – said it was difficult to come up against his Olympic gold medal partner in the final.

“We had an incredible time at the Beijing Olympics – it meant the world to us, especially for me because it was a dream come true,” Federer said.

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