Sock vs. Federer
|Date & Time||Saturday March 18, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Roger Federer and Jack Sock meet Saturday in the semifinals of the 2017 Indian Wells Masters.
Roger Federer is coming off a walkover against Nick Kyrgios after he withdrew due to suspected food poisoning. Federer is going to have a major rest advantage in this match considering he’s played a combined 17 games since Wednesday, which is always nice for a player his age. As for his play overall, Federer is serving at an elite level that includes winning no less than 76 percent of his first serve points. Federer in this form combined with the rest has to make him the favorite to win this tournament. Federer hopes to make the final of the Indian Wells Masters for a third straight year. Federer has won 12 of his last 13 matches on hard court.
Jack Sock is coming off a three set win over Kei Nishikori that took 33 games to decide. In the victory, Sock won 62 percent of his first serve points and 70 percent of his second serve points. Sock continues to show he’s starting to turn the corner at 24 years old and can eventually become a top-10 player in the world if he continues this upswing. Sock is serving at a high percentage and is far more successful with his returns than he’s been in the past. Sock is certainly a player to watch this season. Sock now has six career victories over top-10 players with five of them coming since 2016. Sock also has a chance to make his third final this season and the biggest of his career overall. Sock has won 10 of his last 11 matches on hard court.
These two have played twice in the past with Federer winning both matches in straight sets. The most recent match was in the 2015 Basel Open, a match Federer won in 19 games. The other match was in the 2015 Indian Wells Masters. This will be the second match on outdoor hard court.
We cashed on Sock over Nishikori as a nice underdog and he’ll have a shot here as well due to his current form and the help from the home crowd. However, Federer will have his usual fans in attendance and the major rest advantage is why you have to back the legend in this match. While Sock played a three setter that lasted until 7:00 EST, Federer hasn’t played since Wednesday. That’s huge.
Sock is playing the most consistent tennis of his life, but there’s not many players who can beat a rested Federer, even at his current age.