Roger Federer reaches for a forehand during his semi-final win over Jack Sock at the ATP Tour tournament in California.
Roger Federer reaches for a forehand during his semi-final win over Jack Sock at the ATP Tour tournament in California. DANIEL MURPHY

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

TENNIS: Former world No.1 Roger Federer continued his impressive start to the year to set up an all-Swiss final against Stan Wawrinka at the ATP Tour tournament in California.

Federer won the 18th grand slam title of his career at the Australian Open in January and he has maintained that form at Indian Wells, delivering a virtuoso performance to eclipse American Jack Sock in their semi-final.

The ninth seed did not face a break point in his 6-1 7-6 (7-4) victory on the hardcourt at Indian Wells.

Federer ripped through the first set against 17th seed Sock in barely 20 minutes, before the American regrouped to make the second set more competitive but Federer would not be denied

"Overall I played a good match, struggled a bit in the second set but Jack got into it," the 35-year-old said.

"It was tough in the end. I don't think I played the best tie-breaker but it was enough to get through and I'm super happy to be in the final."

Wawrinka was even more dominant in the other semi, demolishing Spanish 21st seed Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3 6-2.

Federer has a 19-3 career record against Wawrinka, including a five-set win in their semi-final clash at this year's Australian Open.

Federer said Wawrinka, the reigning US Open champion, would present a different type of challenge than Sock.

"He's very steady off the baseline and can play from really deep in the court. I've got to play aggressive and play like I've been doing all week and hope it's enough," Federer said.

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