No Federer vs Kyrgios: Aussie withdraws with illness
- Author: Loretta Pittman Mar 20, 2017,
Mar 20, 2017, 0:34
Wawrinka's celebrated Swiss compatriot, who claimed an 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, faced 17th-seeded American Jack Sock in Saturday's second semi-final.
Federer came into the match after his scheduled quarter-final opponent Nick Kyrgios pulled out because of illness, and he was imperious from the start.
With all pistons firing, Federer blitzed Sock in teh first with barely a sweat in a 6-1 21-minute first set.
Sock had no such problems and he hit the mark right at the start of deciding third set by breaking Nishikori in the opening game as the world number five struggled to find the range on his usually pinpoint groundstrokes.
Meanwhile, Stan Wawrinka has reached his first Indian Wells final following a straight sets win over Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain.
The Swiss 18-time grand slam champion, well-known German veteran Tommy Haas and rising Bulgarian star Grigor Dimitrov were the subject of much laughter during the Australian Open in January when they posted a video to social media of them singing together. "It will definitely be a challenge", Sock said after ousting world number five Kei Nishikori 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 on Friday. "He played some good points and was able to take it". "It was hard to break and return well off Jack's heavy serve", Federer said. "I think he's been doing that to players pretty consistently this year, the Rafa (Rafael Nadal) match (on Wednesday) and some others he's played".
"I had to rely a lot on my second serve". "I am really happy with the way I'm playing".
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. I was sitting there in the morning of my first match, went to warmups and I felt so bad.
Busta lost to Stan Wawrinka in the semifinal on Saturday but will still make his debut in the top 20 of the rankings today. "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". It has been that sort of stars-aligned season for Federer even if he did lose early in Dubai after winning the Australian Open, blowing a lead and three match points against Evgeny Donskoy, the 116th-ranked qualifier from Russian Federation.
Sock finally got some forehands which he fired to Federer's backhand, and he began to dictate...a little.
"So far the season has been good, even tough", Wawrinka said.