Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

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Back on the court, it is only fitting that a magician came out of Indian Wells' "Quarter of Death", which initially included Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Nick Kyrgios, Alexander Zverev and Juan Martin del Potro, among other risky players.

Federer needed only 21 minutes to break Sock's serve twice and win the first set of their semifinal Saturday at the BNP Paribas Open.

The Australian, ranked 16th in the world, had beaten second seed Novak Djokovic in the round of 16 to set up a quarter-final against Federer but was unable to take to the court after a troubled night.

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. However, the three-time Grand Slam champion was simply too strong, and he powered his way into his first Indian Wells final with a 6-3, 6-2 win.

"The trend of tennis now is a guy playing well at any ranking can give any guy trouble", said Sock, who is 0-3 against Federer after Saturday's semi-final loss.

Another break in the seventh game left Wawrinka to serve it out, and he punctuated the contest with a love game.

Federer, the 18-time Grand Slam singles victor, who has won the event four times, had few problems joining him in the decider.

Federer is 4-2 in finals at Indian Wells, with his most recent title coming in 2012. "He played some good points and was able to take it". "It was hard to break and return well off Jack's heavy serve". "I've got to play aggressive and play like I've been doing all week and hope it's enough".

Federer relied on his second serve to get to the tiebreaker.

Federer went into his semi-final against Sock - victor of two titles this year in Auckland and Delray Beach - well-rested. I played well but he was missing all sorts of stuff so it was hard once he started to play better. Or Mirjana Lucic-Baroni - age 34 and ranked 79th - reaching the semi-finals in Melbourne? The two Swiss have met 22 times before, and all three of Wawrinka's wins have come on clay. The world number nine battled against odds to set up a high-octane final against his familiar foe Rafael Nadal in the title match of Australian Open and then go on to win it at the end of a thrilling five-set battle. "It was warm and I very quickly took decision the not to play, It hurt, but it makes me even more excited to play this year".

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