Federer in brilliant form ahead of Indian Wells final
Mar 20 2017
Despite his advantage, 18-time grand-slam champion Federer - who accounted for Jack Sock 6-1 7-6 (7-4) in Saturday's semi-final - is wary of the reigning US Open victor.
Federer has played one less match, as he received a walk-over in the quarterfinal with Nick Kyrgios pulling out due to fatigue. He needed just 21 minutes to wrap up the first set, with Sock requiring treatment from the trainer midway through it. He then got the walkover into the semifinal, where he faced American Jack Sock.
Federer won the Australian Open in January and is now in his second final at the BNP Paribas Masters at Indian Wells.
World No.18 Sock finally broke through against a top-five ranked opponent, the 6-3 2-6 6-2 win his first after losing seven matches against such competition.
Sock, who already has two titles to his name this year, made a fight of it by saving a break point in the seventh game as he went on to serve the tiebreaker.
A remarkable 10-minute game followed that featured five break points, Wawrinka seizing upon the last of them to forge a lead that he did not relinquish.
"Well, because I'm not going to be playing so much, you would think I would need to win probably another Grand Slam for that to happen" Federer said, as reported by Tennis World USA. He pushed the Swiss number two, but Federer was too strong in the end, taking the match 6-2, 7-6 (4).
With four victories this week at Indian Wells, including wins over Grigor Dimitrov and Kei Nishikori, Sock feels he has momentum going into next week's 1000 Masters Series event in Miami.
Roger Federer's good times just keep rolling. It was hard to break and return well off Jack's heavy serve, ? he added. "I'm happy it was there because I didn't serve particularly well in that second set". Turned out to be how I expected the first set to be, a struggle, balls flying all over the place, missing a few shots because it was tougher to see.
"I was just happy to be feeling healthy again at the end of a year ago", he said.
Federer went into his semi-final against Sock - victor of two titles this year in Auckland and Delray Beach - well-rested.
"Roger is Roger, the greatest player of all time", Wawrinka, against whom Federer owns a 19-3 record (14-0 on hard courts), said.
"I don't take this decision lightly, these are the matches we train for but I'm in no fit state to take to the court".