Federer fires at Indian Wells to set up all-Swiss final

Federer fires at Indian Wells to set up all-Swiss final

But the 18-time Grand Slam victor has backed the Scot, who has pulled out of the Miami Masters next week with injury and world number two Novak Djokovic, who is having a bad run of form, to come back to their best level and start winning tournaments again.

Someday, Federer and Sock will fight long and hard in front of fans whose withheld breath becomes a unique noise.

Despite being seeded No9, despite an uncharacteristic exit from Dubai a fortnight before, and despite the fact that he was, he continued to stress, still coming back from the knee surgery that ended his 2016 season at Wimbledon, Federer was the one to survive, and not just survive.

With all pistons firing, Federer blitzed Sock in teh first with barely a sweat in a 6-1 21-minute first set.

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.

"I'm not sure if it's a good matchup", said ninth-seeded Federer, who emerged triumphant at Melbourne Park in January.

Sock has lost his two previous matches against Federer, including a 6-3, 6-2 decision at Indian Wells in 2015.

In-form Federer came into the match on Saturday after his quarterfinal opponent Nick Kyrgios pulled out due to illness. Federer is dominating the head-to-head series 19-3, including 14-0 on hard courts.

The third seed has had to scrap to make it to this stage of the competition, with Yoshihito Nishioka and Dominic Thiem pushing him to three sets.

"(The) first one got away from me pretty quick", Sock said. "After a restless night of being sick, I have nothing left and to play a great champion like Roger, I need to be at my best to have a chance".

There's no shame for Sock in losing a set to Federer. That could be a valuable lesson for Sock, who's ranked 18 in the world.

"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.

Interestingly, Wawrinka was one of Federer's constant - and earliest - hitting partners when he returned to practice a year ago after a break. "I maybe dropped my level just a bit, as well, as he lifted his".

"I had to rely a lot on my second serve". But Wawrinka got little resistance Saturday from Carreno Busta.

"In my opinion he's the best to ever play". "This year it was not easy".

"I never thought winning this Australian Open was a possibility", Federer told the Herald.

Federer and Wawrinka meet for the 23rd time with the Masters 1000 title on the line.

"I have a clear picture of what I want to do when I go out on court", said Sock who saved four matchpoints in a Wednesday win.

Almost two months after the reigning Australian Open champion stunned the world with their impromptu collaboration with music composer David Foster, they're at it again.

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