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Kyrgios Withdraws Sick, Sock Advances to Face Federer at Indian Wells Saturday

Kyrgios Withdraws Sick, Sock Advances to Face Federer at Indian Wells Saturday Kyrgios Withdraws Sick, Sock Advances to Face Federer at Indian Wells Saturday
Kristopher Love | 19 March, 2017, 01:22

Nick Kyrgios withdrew from the quarterfinal with food poisoning and it has helped Roger Federer to enter the semifinal where he will take on former junior US Open champion Jack Sock.

The Swiss struggled at times in his previous two matches but this time he did not allow his opponent a break-point chance as he reached his first final in the Californian desert.

It was one of the most highly anticipated matches of the week, the quarter-final showdown between Roger Federer and Nick Kyrgios at the Indian Wells Masters, not least because their only previous match, in Madrid nearly two years ago, had taken three tie-breakers, the last going to 7-6 (12), to determine the victor. "It doesn't mean I always win, but I know that I am going to play some good tennis".

But Federer won six of the next seven points, including the last three, as he sealed the contest on his first opportunity.

"Kick serve, especially on these courts, is deadly for me", Sock said.

Federer, the ninth seed, will face countryman and third seed Stan Wawrinka for the title on Sunday.

But in the second set, Nishikori broke Sock's serve at love for a 3-1 lead.

"I didn't play my service games really the way I wanted to in the first", said the 24-year-old, who was in the first Masters semi-final of his career.

They were scheduled to play at midday in the heat of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, and tickets had been selling like hot cakes as fans decided to make the trip for what promised to be a blockbuster. "And I think if I go out there and play the right tennis and play the right strategy, I think I can give myself a shot", he added.

Sock said he had little to regret in the loss to the player he considers the greatest of all time.

"I don't think I played good enough to beat Jack today", Nishikori said.

Djokovic, Federer and Nadal were all in the same quarter of the draw, ensuring the tournament would lose some of its biggest names before the second weekend.

Roger Federer, Grigor Dimitrov and Tommy Haas, the Backhand Boys, along with video bomber Novak Djokovic perform Hard to say I'm sorry by Chicago.