Indian Wells Tennis 2017
Jody Gregory | March 20, 2017, 0:35
Indian Wells Tennis 2017
Federer went into his clash with Sock well-rested after ailing Aussie Nick Kyrgios pulled out of their highly anticipated quarter-final. He needed just 21 minutes to wrap up the first set, with Sock requiring treatment from the trainer midway through it. I think Jack didn't have his best first set, but I found a way to take advantage of that quickly, hardly made any mistakes and was able to press.?
Or 28th-seeded Kristina Mladenovic and 14th-seeded Elena Vesnina squaring off in the semi-finals of the women's tournament in Indian Wells?
Sock, now ranked 18th in the world, claimed a 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 win over Nishikori, ranked fifth, at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Nishikori had not dropped a set in the tournament until losing the first against Sock.
Wawrinka reached the semifinals by winning consecutive three-set matches, but the three-time Grand Slam champion converted a pair of service breaks in the second set en route to winning in 65 minutes.
But Federer won six of the next seven points, including the last three, as he sealed the contest on his first opportunity. The 3-time Grand Slam victor has met Federer 22 times in his career and has defeated him only on 3 occasions.
Jack Sock defeated Kei Nishikori 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 for the biggest singles victory of his career in the BNP Paribas Open quarterfinals on Friday.
Federer is 4-2 in finals at Indian Wells, with his most recent title coming in 2012.
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Along with Tommy Haas, Gregor Dimitrov and David Foster, the 17-time grand slam champion busted out Chicago's "Hard to say I'm sorry".
There has been nothing good for Wawrinka on a hard court against Federer, and based on current form there is no reason think the tide will suddenly turn. "If I make the final here, it is because I'm playing well". "I'm happy it was there because I didn't serve particularly well in that second set". "It's not a goal of mine per se to play until I reach 100".
The Swiss star has spent a record of 302 weeks at the top of the ATP rankings but he is now in 10th spot after missing the latter half of previous year due to injury.
"Kick serve, especially on these courts, is deadly for me", Sock said.
But Federer flashed some brilliance in a fourth-round thumping of his old foe Rafael Nadal, beating the Spaniard 6-2, 6-3 in a reprise of his epic five-set win in the Australian Open final in January. Sock got a sense of what it takes to be in the match against a great player, not merely on the court.
Federer has dominated the series between the two, winning 19 of the 22 matches.
"So far the season has been good, even tough", Wawrinka said.