Monday, 20 March 2017

All Swiss mens final

After confirmation of an all Russian women's final, the men's BNP Paribas Open semi finals in Indian Wells resulted in an all Swiss final.

Stan Wawrinka, the tournament's third and highest remaining seed, ended the Californian run of Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta in just over an hour.  The first set saw Pablo with a first serve percentage of 83 compared with Wawrinka 63. 
It didn't matter because Stan won 40% of points on the Spanish first serve, and 70% of points on his own second serve.

One break in the eighth game - his second chance - for Wawrinka was the difference on the scoreboard - the Swiss player faced no threat to his serve.  A one set lead 6-3.

Set two was more dominant from Stan.  Although his first serve percentage was poor to very poor, he still won 16 of 19 points when serving.
Again no break points were faced by Stan, but Pablo was broken twice, and the match ended 6-3 6-2 in favour of the Swiss.

Jack Sock was the last hope for America, but it only took four games for that hope to begin to be crushed by Roger Federer.  The Aus Open champion broke Sock to love, dominating from the baseline and capitalising on some untimely US errors.
A second successive break for 5-1 and it was a simple matter of serving out the first set.  Federer won twice as many points as Sock for the set which was sent FedEx to Switzerland for the cost of just one game.

Jack Sock version 2.0 was sent out for set two battle, and battle it was, neither player willing to give 2.54 centimetres.  Points won on first serve were a fraction below 90% for both combatants, 
The obvious tie break eventuated and Sock took an early lead 3-1.  Not good enough though and Federer won six of the next seven, displaying tennis of a standard hopefully matched in the final against Stan Wawrinka.

Federer defeated Sock 6-1 7-6. 

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