ATP/WTA INDIAN WELLS - SCHEDULE: Finals day: Federer-Wawrinka and Kuznetsova-Vesnina!

Mar 20, 2017, 00:34
ATP/WTA INDIAN WELLS - SCHEDULE: Finals day: Federer-Wawrinka and Kuznetsova-Vesnina!

On Friday Federer received a bye in the quarter-finals of the Indian Wells Masters as Nick Kyrgios pulled out with illness having beaten Novak Djokovic in the previous round.

Federer on Saturday raced out to a quick lead and wrapped up the first set of the semi-final match before the first ball change, reports Efe. But in the second set, Sock began to relax, perhaps feeling less sore, and he was serving first.

Federer will now face Jack Sock in the semi-finals after the American defeated world No.5 Kei Nishikori, for the biggest singles victory of his career.

US Open champion Wawrinka, past the quarter-finals in the California desert for the first time, knocked out Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3, 6-2.

After rolling through the first set, Federer was pushed by Sock in the second. Federer enters the match without losing any set so far and with three tie-breaks won (two against Johnson, one against Sock), while Wawrinka won against Nishioka and Thiem in the third set tie-break.

Australian Kyrgios had beaten Djokovic in the quarterfinals in Acapulco nearly two weeks ago in their first career meeting, and repeated the feat Wednesday to reach the last eight, where he will face Federer. All of Wawrinka's wins have been on clay, with the 18-time grand slam champion beating his doubles partner from the 2008 Beijing games at all 14 hard court matches they've played, the same surface at Indian Wells.

"It's an awesome result to be in the final here, especially in Indian Wells, one of the best Masters 1000", Wawrinka said. "He played some good points and was able to take it". "I think he's been doing that to players pretty consistently this year".

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"I had to rely a lot on my second serve".

"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".

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.

Federer, Foster, Grigor Dimitrov and Tommy Haas reunited to perform a more polished, well-practiced rendition of the 1980s classic "Hard to Say I'm Sorry" by the band Chicago.

Federer has dominated the series between the two, winning 19 of the 22 matches.

"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".