Indian Wells, Calif. — Roger Federer might soon have to reset his goals for the year, seeing how well things are going for him.
Having won his record 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January, Federer will pursue a record-tying fifth BNP Paribas Open title after beating Jack Sock, 6-1, 7-6 (4), Saturday to reach the final.
He takes on Stan Wawrinka in an all-Swiss title match after Wawrinka eased past Pablo Carreno Busta, 6-3, 6-3.
Federer was sidelined by various injuries for much of last year, forcing him to skip Indian Wells. Heading into this year, his plan was to play as far as the Miami event next week and then see how he felt.
“I was just happy to be feeling healthy again at the end of last year,” he said. “I was just happy to be playing another 10 events maybe.”
Now, Federer is poised to win his 90th career title in the final, keeping him third behind Jimmy Connors (109) and Ivan Lendl (94) for the most titles in the Open era.
“It’s not a goal of mine per se to play until I reach 100,” he said. “Could be. It’s a nice goal to have. But that stuff can change. Ask me again in three to six months how I’m feeling, if I won any more or not.”
Federer is 4-2 in finals at Indian Wells with his last title coming in 2012. He owns a 19-3 edge over Wawrinka, including 14-0 on hard courts, and has won their last three meetings, including in the Australian Open semifinals in January.
Two-time major champion Svetlana Kuznetsova plays 14th-seeded Elena Vesnina in an all-Russian women’s final Sunday.
Despite playing on home soil, Sock was the underdog against Federer, who received loud cheers throughout the match.
“Anywhere Roger plays he’s going to be the favorite,” Sock said. “I don’t care who he’s playing and in what country.”
Federer raced through the first set in 21 minutes, firing five of his eight aces in the match and breaking Sock twice.
“First one got away from me pretty quick,” Sock said. “He’s been doing that to players pretty consistently this year, the Rafa match and some other ones he’s played.”