Ill Kyrgios pulls out of quarters clash with Federer
Mar 19 2017 by Marjorie Miles
Eighteen-times grand slam victor Federer advanced to the semi-finals without lifting a racket as suspected food poisoning forced Australian Nick Kyrgios to withdraw from their much anticipated quarter-final.
The Swiss struggled at times in his previous two matches but this time he did not allow his opponent a break-point chance as he reached his first final in the Californian desert.
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The closest Sock got was a deuce in the eighth game of the second set, and Federer quickly dispersed the whiff of danger with two forehand winners. They're obviously all having fun and with a really awesome name to call their group, let's all hope this isn't the last time Federer and his gang are serving up this type of performance. On the flip side of that, I'm playing confident tennis as well.
Sock had no such problems and he hit the mark right at the start of deciding third set by breaking Nishikori in the opening game as the world number five struggled to find the range on his usually pinpoint groundstrokes. "So that was a big part of the game plan for me today going in".
"Kick serve, especially on these courts, is deadly for me", Sock said. And he was attacking really well, first and third sets.
Sock is 0-2 against Federer, who in his quarterfinal received a walkover against streaking Aussie Nick Kyrgios, who cited an illness for his abrupt tournament exit. "But I gave myself chances in the second". How has he managed to change that this year? 'I have been working on that since many years with my team, with myself, also, to try to keep staying strong in every matches.