Friday, 18 August, 2017

Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Tommy Haas and Grigor Dimitrov singing!

Elaine Woods | 19 March, 2017, 00:08

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.

Meanwhile, Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios, who was to face Federer in the quarterfinals, has been forced to withdraw from the clash with food poisoning.

The trio (we're not sure if Djokovic will be invited back after his contribution) sing the 1980s classic "Hard to Say I'm Sorry" by Chicago accompanied by Haas' father-in-law and world-renowed record producer David Foster on piano.

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.

An added bonus? Novak Djokovic makes a cameo, too. He takes a 19-3 head-to-head lead over Wawrinka into the final and has won their past three meetings, including a five-set battle in the Australian Open semifinals in January. "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".

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"When I played him here last and I played him in Basel a couple years ago, I don't think I went on the court giving myself a ton of chances of winning", Sock said.

"I will definitely be back".

He overcame four match points against 12th-seeded Grigor Dimitrov in the third round and was two points from losing against Malek Jaziri in the third set before he pulled out a 4-6, 7-6 (1), 7-5 fourth-round victory.

And if anyone doubted his form, his confidence and his hunger for more, they needed to look no further than his comeback from knee surgery and a six-month absence to beat four top-10 players and claim his first Grand Slam in four and a half years in Australia just six weeks ago.

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