Federer Powers Past Chung And Into Indian Wells Semis

Borna Coric cause a major upset against Kevin Anderson in Indian Wells

Borna Coric cause a major upset against Kevin Anderson in Indian Wells

Defending champ Roger Federer equalled his best start to a season with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Chung Hyeon to book his spot in the semi-finals of the Indian Wells Masters on Thursday.Federer, who is seeking a record sixth Indian Wells title, extended his win streak to 16 straight matches, matching the start he had to the 2006 ATP calendar season.

In the third set, Federer repeated the scoreline to take the match 2-1 and qualify for the final. "He was just a better player in those specific moments".

After weathering an onslaught of huge serves in the first set, however, Coric was able to force longer rallies in the second and third, where his speed and accuracy allowed him to control points.

The big Argentine had come from a set down to defeat Leonardo Mayer and Philipp Kohlschreiber in the last two rounds, but there were no such struggles on Saturday as he cruised past Raonic 6-2 6-3.

Chung said, "I'm just trying to [play] 100 percent my tennis". 'The sport gave me cherished friendships, an ability to travel the world, and opportunities to create incredible memories. "But I'm looking forward to winning my first [Masters] here", del Potro said.

The Croat edged ahead but a double fault for 4-4 allowed Federer to close out the match in two hours 20 minutes.

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Osaka put away Halep on her third match point when the Romanian netted a backhand. To top it all off, by finishing within the last four in the Californian desert, Federer matched his best start of the year.

"I just play a lot of matches and get experience playing the best players and learning from them". I thought he was going to drop, but he didn't.

"I think it's going to be a day session so depending on how much wind there is going to be I'm either going to be playing the wind or I'm going to be playing Borna". And it showed as he sprayed errors all over the court and didn't break Coric for the first time until late in the second set.

In the absence of world no 2 Rafael Nadal and the first-round exit of Novak Djokovic, Federer has hardly been challenged in his title defense.

But the world No. 26 is set to surpass Japan's Kei Nishikori, a rank above him, as the top Asian player in the ATP rankings.

Del Potro has fought back from left wrist surgeries in 2014 and 2015 (twice) and another one on his right wrist in 2010 that almost caused him to quit tennis.

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