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All-Swiss final set for Indian Wells with Federer and Wawrinka

All-Swiss final set for Indian Wells with Federer and Wawrinka

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.?

Jack Sock (PIX BELOW) thinks Roger Federer is the best tennis player in history, but that doesn't mean the 18th-ranked American is discounting his chances against the Swiss great in the Indian Wells semi-finals.

The Swiss was in fine form as he secured a 6-3 6-2 triumph at Indian Wells, which took the third seed a little over an hour to complete.

But Sock, victor of two titles already this year at Auckland and Delray Beach, raised his game in the second set, saving a break point in the seventh game as it went on serve to the tiebreaker. The American won 23 of 26 first-serve points and saved a break point in the second set, but he squandered a 3-1 lead in the tiebreaker and dropped to 0-3 against Federer lifetime. And while Sock found a foothold in the second, Federer showed his ruthlessness on the big points to wrap the match up in straight sets.

Federer and Wawrinka are the ATP's two most recent Grand Slam singles winners, with Federer winning the Australian Open in January, and Wawrinka, 31, winning the U.S. Open last September. "It will definitely be a challenge", Sock said after ousting world number five Kei Nishikori 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 on Friday.

Watch Federer v Wawrinka in the Indian Wells final on Sunday, live on Sky Sports from 8pm.

"In my opinion he's the best to ever play".


What was more of a shock was Federer's failure to break serve once in the match, something that had not happened at a major for 13 years. "So, that's maybe why I played as free as I did, until the very end".

Busta lost to Stan Wawrinka in the semifinal on Saturday but will still make his debut in the top 20 of the rankings today.

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

Although Federer beat him in the Australian Open semifinal, he had to go to five sets and it wasn't easy.

"I came out and really saw the ball well. Ask me again in three to six months how I'm feeling, if I won any more or not", said Federer, who skipped last year's Indian Wells event due to an injury, is thrilled to back at one of his favourite venue to entertain the fans.

"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".

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


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