Sock, Fed­erer ad­vance to semis

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

Jack Sock is get­ting quite the work­out at the BNP Paribas Open, with all four of his matches stretch­ing to three sets on his way to the semi­fi­nals. The 24-year-old Amer­i­can notched his big­gest sin­gles vic­tory yet with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 quar­ter­fi­nal win over Kei Nishikori on Fri­day. Sock fi­nally broke through against a top-five ranked op­po­nent after los­ing his first seven matches against such com­pe­ti­tion.

“The doubters in the past can’t re­ally say much any­more,” he said. “I ac­tu­ally feel al­most stronger as the tour­na­ment has gone on.”

Sock will need to keep up his strength for his semi­fi­nal against four-time In­dian Wells cham­pion Roger Fed­erer, who ad­vanced when Nick Kyr­gios with­drew with what the Aus­tralian sus­pected was food poi­son­ing.

The women’s semi­fi­nals Fri­day night fea­tured No. 14 Elena Ves­nina against 28th-seeded Kristina Mlade­n­ovic and No. 3 Karolina Pliskova against No. 8 Svet­lana Kuznetsova.


NASCAR: Joey Logano ran a fast late lap to claim the pole for the Camp­ing World 500 on a Phoenix In­ter­na­tional Race­way track made slick by the heat. With the tem­per­a­ture in the low 90s as the sun set, Ryan Blaney qual­i­fied sec­ond to give Ford the top two spots to start Sun­day’s race. Logano won with a top speed of 137.321 mph.

Skiing: Mikaela Shiffrin doesn’t even need to step into the World Cup Fi­nals start­ing gate in Aspen, Colo., to wrap up her first over­all ti­tle. Shiffrin se­cured the sea­son-long ti­tle after Ilka Stuhec’s coach said the Slove­nian won’t com­pete in the slalom.

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