Now that he has avenged his premature exit from the Australian Open, Roger Federer is through to the fourth round of the Indian Wells Masters event, where he will come across one of the two remaining Americans in the men’s draw, Jack Sock. This mark the first time that these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour and could make for an intriguing contest.
In a match that was a far cry from their Aussie Open thriller less than two months ago, the world No. 2 Federer routed Italy’s Andreas Seppi in straight sets to advance to the fourth round of the Indian Wells Masters event. The four-time champion faced little adversity in the match apart from a break back in the second set, which Federer immediately snatched back in the following game. The Swiss star eventually closed out the match 6-3, 6-4 in under 85 minutes of court time.
Coming off a personal tragedy, few expected much from Jack Sock in his opening tournament back in 2015. However, following wins over Lu and Muller, Sock upset Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in three sets to advance to the fourth round of the tournament. He rallied back from a set down to beat Agut 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 to win the match in one hour and 44 minutes.
“I had a lot of time off, a lot of time to regroup physically and mentally,” Sock said. “A few years ago I would have gotten a little bit more discouraged than I do now. I’ve lost three first sets in a row now. It’s just regrouping for me… I’m playing pretty free, with a lot of inspiration and motivation.”
Federer and Sock have never crossed paths on the ATP World Tour previosly, which makes this Tuesday match-up a particularly interesting one. Sock is clearly motivated to pick up where he left off last year, and an upset win over the 17-time Grand Slam champion would certainly propel him back into the discussion.
Prediction: Roger Federer in Three Sets
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