Published: Sat, March 17, 2018
Finance | By Cynthia Curry

Federer reaches Indian Wells semis, goes to 16-0 on year

Federer reaches Indian Wells semis, goes to 16-0 on year

WORLD No 1 Roger Federer's remarkable run continued as he booked his quarter-final berth in the ATP Indian Wells Masters with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Jeremy Chardy.The 36-year-old Federer, who won his 20th Grand Slam when he captured the Australian Open in January, is off to one of his strongest career starts and is now 15-0 in 2018.

In a rematch of their Australian Open semifinal in which Chung withdrew in the second, Federer came out quickly jumping out to a 3-0 lead.

The win improves Federer's unbeaten 2018 record to 16-0, equalling his best start to a year ever, also achieved in 2006.

"I'm just trying to (get to) 100 per cent in my tennis because Federer plays great tennis", he said after reaching his first Masters quarter-final. "I think that was the key to the match, those 10, 15 minutes where I broke at the end of the first and then saved break points early in the second", he added.

In the semifinals, Federer will face Croatian Borna Coric who outlasted seventh seeded Kevin Anderson 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/3).

Even with the first set under his belt Federer was still troubled by Chung on serve, with the South Korean missing four opportunities to break Federer in the first game of the second set. "Of course I can not believe what I'm doing in my 'new career, ' you know".

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"I guess I had a similar good start to the year". In another match, Canadian No.1 Milos Raonic beat Portugal's Joao Sousa 7-5, 4-6, 6-2. Against Federer, Chardy played a tough first set in windy conditions that persisted throughout the day.

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 Swiss great also had 12 aces - the last one on match point - while Chung didn't have any, and Federer broke Chung's serve four times.

The 21-year-old will rise to No. 23 when the new rankings come out on Monday. "I just was more focused on what I have to do, not thinking that much about the wind and what is going on on court".

South Korean tennis player Chung Hyeon has suffered a hard-fought loss to world No. 1 Roger Federer in their latest meeting.

"I'm really honored to be No. 1 Asian. It is a totally different year, and so many years after that", he said yesterday.

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