Fed­erer roars past Sock, into fi­nal vs. Wawrinka

The Washington Post Sunday - - HOCKEY - BNP PARIBAS OPEN BY BETH HAR­RIS

in­dian wells, calif. — Roger Fed­erer might soon have to re­set his goals for the year, see­ing how well things are go­ing for him.

Hav­ing won his record 18th Grand Slam ti­tle at the Aus­tralian Open in Jan­uary, Fed­erer will pur­sue a record-ty­ing fifth BNP Paribas Open ti­tle af­ter beat­ing Jack Sock, 6-1, 7-6 (7-4), on Satur­day to reach the fi­nal.

Fed­erer will face Stan Wawrinka in an all-Swiss ti­tle match af­ter Wawrinka eased past Pablo Car­reno Busta, 6-3, 6-3.

Fed­erer, 35, was side­lined by var­i­ous in­juries for much of last year. Head­ing into this year, his plan was to play as far as the Mi­ami event next week and then see how he felt.

“I was just happy to be feel­ing healthy again at the end of last year,” he said. “I was just happy to be playing an­other 10 events maybe.”

Now, Fed­erer is poised to win his 90th ca­reer ti­tle, keep­ing him third be­hind Jimmy Con­nors (109) and Ivan Lendl (94) for most in the Open era.

“It’s not a goal of mine per se to play un­til I reach 100,” he said. “It’s a nice goal to have. But that stuff can change. Ask me again in three to six months how I’m feel­ing, if I won any more or not.”

Fed­erer is 4-2 in finals at In­dian Wells, with his last ti­tle com­ing in 2012. He is 19-3 against Wawrinka, in­clud­ing 14-0 on hard courts, and has won their last three meet­ings.

Two-time ma­jor cham­pion Svet­lana Kuznetsova plays 14thseeded Elena Ves­nina in an al­lRus­sian women’s fi­nal Sun­day.

De­spite playing on home soil, Sock was the un­der­dog against Fed­erer, who re­ceived loud cheers through­out the match.

“Any­where Roger plays he’s go­ing to be the fa­vorite,” Sock said. “I don’t care who he’s playing and in what coun­try.”

Fed­erer raced through the first set in 21 min­utes, fir­ing five aces and break­ing Sock twice.

“First one got away from me pretty quick,” Sock said. “He’s been do­ing that to play­ers pretty con­sis­tently this year.”

Fed­erer hasn’t lost a set or his serve in four matches.

Sock set­tled down in the sec­ond set, and the 24-year-old Amer­i­can saved his only break point in the sev­enth game.

Sock led 3-1 in the tiebreaker be­fore Fed­erer won six of the fi­nal seven points, clos­ing out the vic­tory on Sock’s net­ted back­hand.

Wawrinka never faced a break point in his 64-minute match. He ad­vanced to his first In­dian Wells fi­nal.

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