Venus, Daria set up semifinal clash: Federer equals his season start feat

Alicia Cross
March 18, 2018

Roger Federer pumps his fist as he defeated Borna Coric (not pictured) during his semifinal match in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

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

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.

Chung scored wins over the likes of Pablo Cuevas and Tomas Berdych last week.

Since his Grand Slam breakthrough Down Under, Chung has been on a roll.

'I'm happy I found a way.

The match was played under hard conditions with winds swirling around the main stadium.

"Eventually they'll push us out and that will be the end of us and we'll be out", the Swiss tennis star explained talking about the day when the current generation will be usurped by the younger players.

Federer wins his sixth career Indian Wells title.

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Federer hasn't started a season so well since 2006, when he won his first 16 matches en route to a 92-5 record. He won his first Grand Slam since 2012 in Melbourne and has since gone on to add eight titles, which include two more majors - the 2017 Wimbledon Championships and the 2018 Australian Open.

Federer will be playing No. 8 Juan Martin del Potro in Sunday's final.

Coric appeared to have a response to everything as he again rescued a break point in his next service game but, roared on by a partisan crowd, it was third time lucky for Federer, who was able to level the set at 4-4 and then ruthlessly punish the reeling youngster when he next served to take the match to a decider. His forehand pulled Chardy completely off the court and Federer hit a crosscourt backhand victor off Chardy's return.

Roger Federer is coming off a three sets win over Borna Coric that took 32 games to decide. Cuevas then broke Chung again to close to 5-3, but the Korean closed out the win.

"I was down one break", Chung was quoted as saying on the ATP website.

"I was down one break, and I'm just trying to stay, like, calm and I'm just trying to learn from Roger". "I don't care what's happening on court, I just try to execute my game", Williams said.

Simona Halep also fought the wind and a pesky opponent to reach the semifinals, where she will play Naomi Osaka of Japan.

The Croatian edged American Tyler Fritz in a fourth-round thriller, winning 6-2 6-7 (6) 6-4, before taking on South African Kevin Anderson in the quarter-finals.

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