Roger Federer sets up Swiss showdown with Stanislas Wawrinka at Indian Wells

Indian Wells tennis fans denied a chance to see Roger Federer in action on Friday were treated instead to the Swiss great's ' talents' in the music department.

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.

Federer, 35, didn't even have to break a sweat as his match against Nick Kyrgios in the previous round never really saw the light of the day as the Aussie tennis star had to pull out owing to illness caused by food poisoning. "I don't take these decisions lightly, these are the matches we train for, but I'm in no fit state to take the court". This version comes with more practice, lots of auto-tuning, and a videobomb from Novak Djokovic in what can only be described as a very Djokovic moment.

" I want to wish Roger the best of luck for the rest of the tournament and thank every one for their support so far".

Sock secured his first career win over a top-five player when he finished off the third set against Nishikori, who is ranked No. 5. He lost to Federer in straight sets in the fourth round of the 2015 tournament.

"I will definitely be back". A free spirit, with tennis to match, he has power, flair, showmanship and boldness-though his abandon has often brought errors, frustration and worse, including a brief ban past year for "poor effort".

Fans will soon catch Federer on a more familiar teritory on Saturday (Sunday, Manila time) when he plays either Jack Sock or Kei Nishikori at the BNP Paribas Open final.

Having had an easy passage to the last-four match, Sock, who will be raring to go and make it to the next level with a big win, will have to be at his best if he has to produce the goods against Federer.

  • Kyle Peterson