Roger Federer Beats Hyeon Chung, Advances to 2018 Indian Wells Semifinals


The 21-year-old, who has faced the world number one once in his career, upset world number nine and US Open finalist Kevin Anderson in the quarter-finals.

Chung's fairy-tale run at the Australian Open in January came to a crashing halt when he retired with foot blisters while trailing Federer 1-6, 2-5 in their semi-final.

According to Christopher Clarey of the New York Times, the 20-time major champion was 15-0 in 2018 entering play Thursday, and 13 of those wins came in straight sets.

He will meet No. 6 Juan Martin del Potro in Sunday's final.

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.

"He plays similar to Chung", Federer said. 'The sport gave me cherished friendships, an ability to travel the world, and opportunities to create incredible memories. "It also taught me a lot about what it means to face challenges, battle back, and overcome them", the 39-year-old added.

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"It was hard conditions to play in today because of the wind", she said.

Williams won just two more points as Kasatkina took the last two games to close out the match in 2 hours, 48 minutes.

Serving for the match, Federer's errant backhand spoiled his first match point. Haas, who turned professional in 1996, reached the Australian Open semi-finals three times - in 1999, 2002 and 2007 - as well as the last-four at Wimbledon in 2009. Without dropping a set at this year's Indian Wells, 20-time Grand Slam titlist will ask Borna Coric a serious question as the young Croatian will be his next opponent. I don't want people to think that I'm somebody really special. 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. Maybe I'll even cry a little bit just to soak it in. He's set to surpass Japan's Kei Nishikori as the top Asian player in the ATP rankings.

Chung said, according to the (Palm Springs, Calif.) Desert Sun, "He played just really good serve, good volley, good baseline".

Federer, No. 1 again at 36, owns 27 career Masters 1000 titles. The players dueled through eight deuces in an epic eighth game, with the Russian turning back six break points against her. Williams pulled a forehand wide to lose the game.