BNP Paribas Open: Federer beats Sock in semis

Roger Federer will face Stan Wawrinka in an all-Swiss final at the BNP Paribas Open after defeating Jack Sock 6-1, 7-6(4) in Saturday’s second semi-final in Indian Wells.

Roger Federer has got the better of American Jack Sock in the BNP Paribas Open to set up an all-Swiss final against Stan Wawrinka.

In-form Federer came into the match on Saturday after his quarterfinal opponent Nick Kyrgios pulled out due to illness. The 18-time Grand Slam champion dominated the semifinal from the outset and needed just 21 minutes to take the first set 6-1.

It was a tighter second set but the Swiss managed to win a tiebreak to book his place in the final of the event where he’s seeking a 5th title.

Jack Sock of the United States reaches for a forehand against Roger Federer of Switzerland in their semi final match during day thirteen of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 18, 2017 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by AFP)

Meanwhile, Stan Wawrinka has reached his first Indian Wells final following a straight sets win over Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain.

Wawrinka broke the Spaniard’s serve once in the first set en route to taking the opening set 6-3. The Swiss earned another break for a 2-1 lead in the second set and never looked back, serving it out to take the set 6-2 and win the match in 64 minutes.

He never faced a break point during the contest on Saturday. The 3-time Grand Slam winner has met Federer 22 times in his career and has defeated him only on 3 occasions.