Indian Wells 2017: Men’s Semifinal Predictions

Swiss Army Final?

Probably, but Does it Come w/ a Can Opener and Cork Screw?

[3] Stan Wawrinka (SUI) vs. [21] Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP)

I am more confident of Stan Wawrinka advancing than Roger Federer reaching the final.  I think Wawrinka’s power baseline game and bluntly impactful serve leave Pablo Carreno Busta one path to victory: consistency with a hope for errors.  Wawrinka can likely avoid enough errors to win.  In either case, Wawrinka’s racquet will determine who wins and who loses.

My Prediction: Stan Wawrinka d. Pablo Carreno Busta 7-5, 6-2

[9] Roger Federer (SUI) vs. [17] Jack Sock (USA) H2H

Jack Sock’s forehand can trouble anyone.  Sock has also piled up impressive wins this week. Sock won a 3rd set tiebreak to eliminate Grigor Dimitrov so Sock has survived near elimination.  Can Sock continue his great results versus Roger Federer?  I don’t think so, but I’d give Sock a 30% chance of winning.  Federer is returning serve with aggression and hitting his backhand well.  We know what Federer’s forehand and serve can do.  Federer getting a day off may throw his momentum off a bit, but at 35 days off likely do more good than harm to Roger Federer’s chances.

My Prediction: Roger Federer d. Jack Sock 7-6, 6-3


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