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Summary

  1. Federer beats Wawrinka 4-6 7-5 7-6 (8-6)
  2. Winner to play Novak Djokovic in Sunday's final
  3. Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra - click on live coverage tab
  4. * indicates next player to serve
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By Michael Emons

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Federer 4-6 7-5 7-6 (8-6) Wawrinka

So all that is left is to point you in the direction of

Piers Newbery's match report.

We will back at 17:30 GMT on Sunday, with live text commentary of what promises to be a thrilling final. Thank you for joining us, and hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. See you soon. Bye for now.

Federer 4-6 7-5 7-6 (8-6) Wawrinka

What a match. The best of the tournament. And Roger Federer has to do it all again inside 24 hours. The final tomorrow sees the world number one Novak Djokovic against the world number two. It begins at 18:00 GMT. Make sure your schedule is cleared.

A word from the winner

Federer 4-6 7-5 7-6 (8-6) Wawrinka

Federer and Wawrinka
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Here's Roger Federer: "I think I got lucky tonight. Stan played better from the baseline and that usually does the job on this court. But I kept fighting. It's tough but I'm thrilled to be in another final in London.

"Novak is playing great tennis. It usually brings the best out of me, it's going to be tough but I'll give it a shot."

David Law

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra commentator

"Poor old Stan Wawrinka. He could not have done any more. He threw the kitchen sink at Federer and even served and volleyed. He leaves the arena to a standing ovation."

Game, set and match

Federer 4-6 7-5 7-6 (8-6 tie-break) Wawrinka

Roger Federer
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What resistance shown from Roger Federer. He had to save four match points, but somehow he has held on and booked his place in the final.

Wawrinka looks absolutely devastated as he trudges off the court.

Djokovic versus Federer tomorrow in the final. Make sure you do not miss it.

Federer 4-6 7-5 6-6 (7-6 tie-break) Wawrinka*

Federer is closing on a ninth appearance in the final of this event. A delicate drop shot takes him to within one point.

*Federer 4-6 7-5 6-6 (6-6 tie-break) Wawrinka

Fourth match point for Wawrinka. But it's a big Federer serve down the middle and Wawrinka's return goes long. Another missed opportunity. How many more chances will he get?

Federer 4-6 7-5 6-6 (5-4 tie-break) Wawrinka*

But Wawrinka holds on. Back on serve in the tie-break.

Federer 4-6 7-5 6-6 (4-2 tie-break) Wawrinka*

Roger Federer
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A passing shot down the line, is in by a quarter-of-a-ball's width to take Federer 4-2 ahead. He needs three more points for a place in the final.

Federer 4-6 7-5 6-6 (3-2 tie-break) Wawrinka*

Federer dominates the net to move 3-1 ahead in the tie-break. A scorching shot finds the corner from Wawrinka and the advantage is lost.

Federer 4-6 7-5 6-6 (2-0 tie-break) Wawrinka*

First mini-advantage for Federer. And Wawrinka, who nets with a backhand, looks in pain as he clutches his thigh.

Leon Smith

GB Davis Cup captain on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Wawrinka deserves to find himself in the tie-break. It was a brave hold and it will be interesting to see how this goes."

*Federer 4-6 7-5 6-6 Wawrinka

Federer two points away from victory, but Wawrinka fights back from 15-30 down to win the next three points. Tie-break time.

Leon Smith

GB Davis Cup captain on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Stan Wawrinka
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"Wawrinka is going to have to call on all his inner strength to hold here."

Federer 4-6 7-5 6-5 Wawrinka*

Federer leads. What drama in the O2 Arena in London. Wawrinka, who had three match points to move into the final, is now serving to save the match.

*Federer 4-6 7-5 5-5 Wawrinka

A backhand winner down the line, followed by a forehand cross-court winner gives Wawrinka 0-30 on Federer's serve. An unforced error from the world number two, dragging one wide, gives Wawrinka two break points, which Federer then saves. We may be here for a while yet.

Break of serve - Federer

*Federer 4-6 7-5 5-5 Wawrinka

Stan Wawrinka is going to have nightmares about this match for a long time if he does not win it. Three times he was on match point on his own serve. Three times he failed to get over the line.

Federe then breaks his serve in a thrilling and dramatic game. We are now back on serve. Federer breathes again.

David Law

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra commentator

crowd
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"There are people bowing to Roger Federer in the crowd, waving flags and high-fiving each other."

Federer 4-6 7-5 4-5 Wawrinka*

That's three match points saved from Federer.

Federer 4-6 7-5 4-5 Wawrinka*

Wawrinka saves a break point, and hauls it back to deuce after a 21-shot rally. He then has his second match point with a volley at the net. Federer can't get there and hits his chair with his racquet. One more point for glory.

But wait. A volley at the net would normally be routine for Wawrinka. Match point against Federer is not a normal situation and Wawrinka punches it into the net from close-range.

Federer 4-6 7-5 4-5 Wawrinka*

First match point saved. Wawrinka opts to serve and volley on his second serve, but it does not work as Federer passes with ease.

Federer 4-6 7-5 4-5 Wawrinka*

Federer forces the error from Wawrinka, who pulls a forehand wide for 30-30, but Federer hits the top of the net for 40-30. Match point for Wawrinka.

Federer 4-6 7-5 4-5 Wawrinka*

Warinka wins the first point, but loses the second. 15-15, then 30-15. Two points for victory.

Leon Smith

GB Davis Cup captain on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"It's going to be interesting to see how the crowd support each player when Wawrinka comes out to serve for the match. Do they try and raise Roger Federer? What a moment this is for Stan. He's nerves will be tested against his friend."

Federer 4-6 7-5 4-5 Wawrinka*

Federer keeps it interesting by holding his serve. There had been a delightful rally with both players volleying while close at the net, but Federer eventually maintains the pressure on his opponent. But Wawrinka is now serving for the match. Can he hold his serve and nerve?

Wawrinka has never beaten Federer on any surface apart from clay.

Leon Smith

GB Davis Cup captain on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"I think we'll see Wawrinka try everything and anything to break here because it will be uncomfortable trying to serve out for the match."

*Federer 4-6 7-5 3-5 Wawrinka

A break point for Federer after an epic rally. He just does not know when he is beaten. But he drags a cross-court forehand wide of the target. not by much, but it is out. He looks to the heavens as that was a great chance, but instead we are at deuce.

Federer than has another break point with a powerful smash. Wawrinka is reduced to throwing his racquet at the high bouncing ball. But Wawrinka for the second time saves the danger, before winning the game.

The world number two needs perfection from now on. He is serving to stay in the match.

David Law

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra commentator

"Federer has not been sure what tactic to use. He's tried lots of different things and has just about stayed in the match but Wawrinka has been the better player."

Federer 4-6 7-5 3-4 Wawrinka*

Roger Federer
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Roger Federer is still chipping away at the umpire after the controversy at the start of the set. Let it go, Roger. Let it go.

David Law

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra commentator

"You wonder if Wawrinka is starting to think about the position he is in."

Federer 4-6 7-5 3-4 Wawrinka*

The frustration is getting to Federer. He loses a long rally. Once the point is over, he smashes a bouncing ball into the stand. The six-time season-ending event winner is under pressure in what is now the longest match of the week.

But like all champions, he shows his fighting spirit by recovering and forcing Wawrinka to go long with his forehand. Advantage Federer then becomes game Federer. An absolutely fantastic match.

Leon Smith

GB Davis Cup captain on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Federer was deep in thought after he missed that last shot. He's probably trying to steady himself but one thing is for sure he won't give this match up."

*Federer 4-6 7-5 2-4 Wawrinka

A rare error from Federer, and it could prove costly. An overhead smash, close to the net, goes wrong and that helps Wawrinka take his service game, without the world number two winning a point.

Wawrinka has only beaten Federer twice in 16 matches. He needs two more games for his third victory.

Tim Henman Q&A

Another of your

Facebook questions to former British number one Tim Henman.

Jennifer Wyatt: "As a tennis fan, who is your favourite player, and why?"

Bjorn Borg
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TH: "I've probably got three of all time. Bjorn Borg was my favourite when I first got interested in the game. Stefan Edberg was then a hero of mine when I started playing professionally - I was lucky enough to practice a lot with him because he was living in London. Now my favourite player to watch is Roger Federer."

Leon Smith

GB Davis Cup captain on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Huge hold for Federer. How important that second serve was at 30-30. He went out wide when most people would have gone for a safer option. That's why he's a champion."

Federer 4-6 7-5 2-3 Wawrinka*

But nothing is going to be handed to Wawrinka. His Davis Cup team-mate is doing everything he can to stay in the match. Federer again holds his serve. The deficit is again reduced to one game.

*Federer 4-6 7-5 1-3 Wawrinka

Wawrinka does enough again. He is managing to do enough to hold onto his lead, and once again his serving his been emphatic. He restores his two-game lead and inches closer to a place in the final.

He lost to Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals last year at the O2 Arena. He may well be getting his chance for revenge.

*Federer 4-6 7-5 1-2 Wawrinka

Just what Federer needs to regain his composure after the earlier controversy - a routine hold of serve. He is still a break down in the third, but at least he looks a bit less angry than he did five minutes ago.

Recognise him?

*Federer 4-6 7-5 0-2 Wawrinka

James Rodriguez
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An international footballer in the crowd for you to guess. Full marks for those who recognised Real Madrid's James Rodriguez watching on.

*Federer 4-6 7-5 0-2 Wawrinka

Federer's mood gets even worse when Wawrinka holds his serve in the second game. Suddenly Federer is looking vulnerable.