Roger Federer set up a repeat of last year's final at the ATP World Tour Finals against Novak Djokovic after thumping fellow-Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka at the O2 Arena in London. Federer completed a 7-5 6-3 victory in 71 minutes to book a second meeting with the world number at this year's finale to the men's season with his most complete performance of the tournament.
The 34-year-old has the opportunity to claim a record seventh title at the season-ending tour finals and take a step towards finishing the year as the world number two ahead of Andy Murray against Djokovic - who earlier overwhelmed Rafael Nadal - with the Serbian chasing a fourth-straight title in the English capital. Djokovic won the 2014 title after Federer withdrew from the final with a back injury and the 17-time major champion will be keen to avenge last year's anticlimax.
Twelve months on from the pair's infamous semi-final clash, Federer and Wawrinka renewed their fractured rivalry in the hope of extending their season into one last major final. Federer had saved four match points before defeating Wawrinka in three sets last year, but it was his Swiss Davis Cup teammate's on-court spat with wife Mirka Federer and the subsequent late night talks between the pair which attracted the headlines.
Federer - who then withdrew from the subsequent final due to a back problem - and Wawrinka rebuilt their relationship in time for the Davis Cup final against France but any lingering resentment would surely be exposed as both players honed in on Sunday's final. The French Open champion had been dispatched in straight sets by Federer in their last meeting at the US Open while the ignominy of having never beaten the former world number one on a hard court highlighted the scale of the task facing Wawrinka.
An attacking start from both players initially played into Federer's hands but that approach handed Wawrinka the initial advantage as a netted forehand gave him the first break. The 30-year-old led 4-2 before Federer reeled off three straight games to turn the tables on the three-time semi-finalist.
Wawrinka successfully served to stay in the set but after a love hold from Federer, the pressure was back on the shoulders of his opponent. Wawrinka wilted to hand the set to Federer, and his hopes of reaching a first ever final at the season-ending tour finals looked all-but over by the start of the second.
A netted backhand on his toes allowed Federer to open up a 3-0 lead over Wawrinka and it allowed him to cruise his way to victory in just over an hour, to set up a second duel with Djokovic at the 2015 event. Federer won in straight sets in the round robin stage but subsequent victories over Tomas Berdych and Nadal provided evidence Djokovic is prepared to end his stunning season in winning fashion.