Wawrinka earned his first Indian Wells final in style.
The pair have met at Indian Wells twice before – in 2011 and 2013, with Federer winning on both occasions; interestingly, Federer did not make the finals either time.
It’s a sharp turnaround from Vesnina’s first-round ouster in qualifying here previous year, and marks her first trip to a final of one of the WTA’s elite Premier Mandatory events.
Someday, Federer and Sock will fight long and hard in front of fans whose withheld breath becomes a unique noise.
“I have a clear picture of what I want to do when I go out on court”, Sock said.
It appeared as if Federer would have no trouble when he won the first set in a quick seven games, but Sock forced a tiebreak in the second by remaining on serve.
Carreno began fearless but the momentum was over in the eighth game, when the Swiss scored the first break of the game without too much effort.
While Nishikori played better in the second to level the match, he dropped the first game of the third set to again concede the advantage. The Swiss was dominant from start to finish, never so much as facing a deuce, let alone a break point on his own serve.
“Didn’t expect it to come off that hot”, Sock said. But because of the mandatory plays you have to play in the Masters 1000s and all the hard courts and so forth, you actually will never see anymore just a true clay courter.
A tie-break was needed but Federer persevered, a backhand forcing Sock into an error to seal an opportunity to win a fifth championship at the tournament. I was just happy to be feeling healthy again at the end of a year ago. “Things got a bit more complicated, but it was definitely a good feeling to get through in two sets and to be back in another finals here”.
It’s an all-Swiss final at the 2017 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, as Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka each prevailed in Saturday’s semifinals. He advanced to his first Indian Wells final, having lost in last year’s semis. The Spaniard lived with Wawrinka for six games, surviving a break point for 3-3, but come the eighth game, Wawrinka fired up his formidable ground strokes to break, thumped a 100mph forehand and a smash to hold for the set, 6-3. He won the first set in 21 minutes before needing a tiebreaker in the second to close out the 21-seeded Sock and improve to 3-0 against the American. Through the first five games of the match, neither man was able to put any real pressure on their opponent’s serve. World number 16 Kyrgios blitzed his way to the quarters, taking out among others defending champion Novak Djokovic, the second time in less than a fortnight that he beat the Serbian world number two.
According to the tournament’s official website, Wawrinka won 80 percent of his first-service points compared to 55 percent for Busta. “That’s why, too much up and down”, Wawrinka said.