Roger Federer enters Indian Wells semifinal
New York, March 18: Four times Indian Wells winner Roger Federer entered the semifinals of the Indian Wells tournament after Australian player Nick Kyrgios withdrew.
Nick Kyrgios has pulled out of his scheduled clash with Roger Federer at the Indian Wells Masters aka BNP Paribas Open due to sickness.
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.
Roger Federer has won the Indian Wells tournament four times and will be aiming for his 5th title.
Much like in Melbourne, Roger Federer’s backhand looked in perfect working order in Indian Wells also, but even more impressive was his 26 winners against one of the best returners the game has ever seen.
Kyrgios’ withdrawal spoiled the highly anticipated match with Federer. Neither player had dropped serve in the tournament and their only other meeting was decided in three tiebreakers at Madrid in 2015.
“I was really looking forward to playing the match,” Federer told fans waiting for the match on stadium court. “It’s a pity.”
Kyrgios beat No. 2 Novak Djokovic in the fourth round, while Federer routed rival Rafael Nadal.
“I’m playing great tennis and I didn’t expect it because I’m still on the comeback,” said Federer, who won his record 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January after being sidelined by various injuries for much of 2016.
Federer, a four-time winner at Indian Wells, also advanced via a walkover in the quarterfinals in 2008.
He next faces No. 4 Kei Nishikori or 17th-seeded Jack Sock, who played their quarterfinal later Friday.
Scrambling to find something for fans to watch, tournament officials trotted out tournament director-player Tommy Haas and Vasek Pospisil for an exhibition. Pospisil upset top-ranked Andy Murray in the second round before losing to Dusan Lajovic in his next match.
The women’s semifinals on Friday featured No. 14 Elena Vesnina against 28th-seeded Kristina Mladenovic and No. 3 Karolina Pliskova against No. 8 Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Top-ranked Serena Williams withdrew before the tournament began with what she said was a knee injury that will also keep her out of the Miami event next week.