Someday, Federer and Sock will fight long and hard in front of fans whose withheld breath becomes a unique noise.
Federer has been superb at this competition and is yet to drop a set on his way to the last stage.
With all pistons firing, Federer blitzed Sock in teh first with barely a sweat in a 6-1 21-minute first set. "In the second Jack got into it".
Now, Federer is poised to win his 90th career title in the final, which keeps him third behind Jimmy Connors (109) and Ivan Lendl (94) for most titles in the Open era. However, the three-time Grand Slam champion was simply too strong, and he powered his way into his first Indian Wells final with a 6-3, 6-2 win. Nishioka served for the match at 5-4 and 6-5 in the decider only to fall 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4) and Thiem went down 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (2). And he was attacking really well, first and third sets.
This is the oldest combined final in tournament history between Federer (35yrs 7mos) and Wawrinka (31yrs 11mos) - and the victor will become the oldest champion in tournament history by surpassing Jimmy Connors, who was 31yrs, 5mos when he won here in 1984.
He said "to play a great champion like Roger, I need to be at my best to have a chance".
There's no shame for Sock in losing a set to Federer. Sock appeared to be dealing with some sort of ailment, but he picked his level of play up in the second set. "These are the matches we train for, but I'm in no fit state to take the court". That could be a valuable lesson for Sock, who's ranked 18 in the world.
Federer, Foster, Grigor Dimitrov and Tommy Haas reunited to perform a more polished, well-practiced rendition of the 1980s classic "Hard to Say I'm Sorry" by the band Chicago.
Federer's renaissance continued last week at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., where he was a favorite heading into Saturday's semifinals.
"She started to put a lot of pressure on me". In addition, Federer has won three straight and six of the last seven encounters against the man he teamed up with to win the Olympic doubles gold medal at Beijing in 2008. I play better and better.
"So far the season has been good, even tough", Wawrinka said. "This year it was not easy". "Because I have one in the bag, I guess there is a possibility". I came out and really saw the ball well... Plus I'm playing well here again, away from the Grand Slams. Wawrinka is a warrior and Federer knows this.