INDIAN WELLS, Calif -- No. 3 seed Stan Wawrinka has advanced to his first BNP Paribas Open final with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Pablo Carreno Busta.
Wawrinka breezed through his semi after needing third-set tiebreakers to win his previous two matches. He advanced to his first Indian Wells final, having lost in last year's semis.
He dispatched Carreno Busta while never facing a break point in the 64-minute match. The Spaniard fell to 0-3 in his career against the Swiss.
No. 21 Carreno Busta was the lowest seed to reach the semifinals at the desert tournament since 2014. It was the biggest semifinal of his career, having failed in 16 previous tries to reach that round in an ATP Masters 1000 event.
Carreno Busta beat Dusan Lajovic and No. 27 Pablo Cuevas in third-set tiebreakers to reach his third semi of the year. He saved two match points against Cuevas in the quarterfinals.
Wawrinka's serve was too much for Carreno Busta. The Swiss won 80 percent of his first-serve points and 76 percent on his second serve while taking the final four games of the match.
"So far the season has been good, even tough," Wawrinka said. "I had an injury (knee), and I had to take some time off and do some hard work at home to get back fit and ready."