Federer Cruises Past Sock, Sets All-Swiss Final at Indian Wells

Federer Cruises Past Sock, Sets All-Swiss Final at Indian Wells

Federer Cruises Past Sock, Sets All-Swiss Final at Indian Wells

Federer needed only 21 minutes to break Sock's serve twice and win the first set of their semifinal Saturday at the BNP Paribas Open.

Jack Sock broke through against a top-five ranked opponent after losing first seven matches vs such competition.

Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka set up an all-Swiss showdown for the ATP Indian Wells Masters title with straight-sets semi-final victories on Saturday.

In their third meeting, 31 year-old Wawrinka defeated Carreno Busta 6-3, 6-2 by converting break point chances when he it counted and demonstrating dominant form. Wawrinka then served for the match at 5-4 but failed to convert three match points and Federer broke back to take the set to 5-5.

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. The 3-time Grand Slam victor has met Federer 22 times in his career and has defeated him only on 3 occasions. He pushed the Swiss number two, but Federer was too strong in the end, taking the match 6-2, 7-6 (4).

"It's an wonderful result to be in the final here, especially in Indian Wells, one of the best Masters 1000", Wawrinka said in his post-match interview.

Here are the key viewing details for the finale at Indian Wells and a closer look at the four players battling it out for singles glory.

Suspect involved in EMT murder arrested
A passing Metropolitan Transportation Authority K-9 officer subdued the 25-year-old suspect with the help of a bystander. A New York Fire Department (FDNY) paramedic has died after she was run over by a man driving her stolen ambulance.

"Unfortunately I am unable to play today due to sickness", Kyrgios wrote in a statement posted to his Twitter feed. "But on the flip side of that, I am playing confident tennis as well myself".

Both Pablo Carreno Busta, age 25, and Jack Sock, age 24, were at career-high rankings of 23 and 18 respectively.

"Sometimes you get lucky when you put yourself out there", Federer said of the Kyrgios withdrawal.

"Most of the time I know when I start to win the matches in the tournament, I start to get confidence, the good feeling with the ball", Wawrinka said. Or Mirjana Lucic-Baroni - age 34 and ranked 79th - reaching the semi-finals in Melbourne? "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".

Although Federer beat him in the Australian Open semifinal, he had to go to five sets and it wasn't easy. Federer is dominating the head-to-head series 19-3, including 14-0 on hard courts.

"So far the season has been good, even tough", Wawrinka said.

Recommended News

  • Seton Hall-Arkansas ends in controversy after flagrant foul call

    Seton Hall-Arkansas ends in controversy after flagrant foul call

    While Barford stumbled after Rodriguez's foot inadvertently tripped him, it was far from an egregious action. He doesn't, in general, have a turnover problem, and he could've made the pass he made without walking.
    Nintendo Switch games list blow following massive restock notice

    Nintendo Switch games list blow following massive restock notice

    Putting that into a little bit of context: the Wii U in its entire lifespan has sold around 13.56 million units . This difference in plan is going to witness 16 million units of the console rather than 8 million units.
    Japan Court Blames Government for Fukushima Nuclear Accident

    Japan Court Blames Government for Fukushima Nuclear Accident

    The ruling could set the precedent for 30 other cases involving 100,000 plaintiffs, The Guardian reported Friday. The amount that they were ordered to pay , however, was far below the ¥1.5bn sought by the 137 plaintiffs.
  • Missing Muslim clerics to return to India on March 20

    Missing Muslim clerics to return to India on March 20

    Nizami also informed that the phone of the clerics was now ringing, adding that they would be able to talk to them very soon. The two had reached the Pakistani port city to meet their relatives after visiting the Data Darbar Sufi shrine in Lahore.

    A New Florida Prosecutor Says 'No' to the Death Penalty

    Then, while on the run after killing the officer, Loyd killed an Orange County sheriff's deputy in a auto accident. Rick Scott transferred the case from her authority to another State Attorney in a neighboring district.

    Media protests after Tillerson takes only one reporter to Japan

    He was rarely expected to answer media queries and never had to travel with reporters. News organizations pay for the cost of the reporters' travel.
  • Kyrgios to face Federer in Indian Wells

    Should Kyrgios defeat Federer as well, it could give us some big answers, thinks former doubles number one Todd Woodbridge. The rivalry between 14-time Grand Slam and the 18-time winners is one of the most exciting in the history of tennis.
    UNC Wilmington's Kevin Keatts emerging as front runner for NC State job

    UNC Wilmington's Kevin Keatts emerging as front runner for NC State job

    Before taking the job at UNC Wilmington, Keatts was an assistant under Rick Pitino at Louisville from 2011 to 2014. Things were going pretty well, even though Gottfried's teams didn't get any farther than the Sweet Sixteen.
    The

    The "Catournament" Journal: A initiation into March Madness

    The Commodores were very much still in the game after Fisher-Davis' foul, and it was not the biggest turning point in the match. However, Vanderbilt likely wouldn't have been in a position to make an error like that if it weren't for Fisher-Davis.
  • Michigan's unlikely season takes Route 3 to the NCAA Tournament second round

    The Wolverines are better at defending the three-pointer in the past 12 games (30.2%), and that will be essential in this game. Their pace rating of 72.9 is the fourth fastest of any team in the tournament, while Michigan's 63.7 is the second slowest.
    Josh Gad surprises NYC theaters ahead of 'Beauty and the Beast'

    Josh Gad surprises NYC theaters ahead of 'Beauty and the Beast'

    I felt this way when I saw the live-action version of Cinderella a few years ago. "We all make choices and I am making mine". It might have just been that the other characters were so much more entertaining that Watson's Belle got washed away.
    Honda WR-V SUV launching in India on March 16

    Honda WR-V SUV launching in India on March 16

    This all new premium model from Honda comes with sporty stylish design as well as advanced technology and spacious cabin. The most fuel efficient engines! India is the first country to manufacture and launch the Honda WR-V in the world.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.