Roger Federer Wins 16th Straight Match, Enters Semi-Finals Of Indian Wells

Doug Mendoza
March 17, 2018

"And I come back, five-all, and he played good".

"I didn't start very well".

"And here now I'm relieved that I was able to win three matches already. In the third, again, I knew it's one break, it's two or three points that are going to decide, and that's what happened".

Coric lost the first set 2-6, but fought back in the second and eventually won a third set tie-break for a 2-6 6-4 7-6 (3) victory over Anderson, who has enjoyed a great start to 2018.

"That was a tough mach. Chung is a tough return player", said Roger Federer at the post match conference at the Indian Wells. "I'm really happy to play against Roger". Chung was clearly outplayed by Federer in the second set, but the match was really won when Federer broke Chung for a second time to close out the first set; up until that point the match was a very even contest with both players exchanging breaks and hitting the ball big from the baseline.

Down a set and behind 5-0 in the second set, Cuevas miraculously saved seven match points to win the game.

With Rod Laver and Pete Sampras looking on, Federer fired 12 aces and was broken just once.

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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.

En route to his sixth Indian Wells title, 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer also matched his career best winning streak.

He is now guaranteed to hold on to the world number one ranking until at least the end of the Miami Open, which finishes on 1 April.

Coric is ranked 49th in the world and certain to improve after his Indian Wells run.

This was the first match between Federer and Chung since the semifinals of the Aussie Open when the Swiss was leading 6-1, 5-2 and Chung was forced to retire with a foot blister.

Japan's Naomi Osaka has also impressed in California, stunning former world No. 1 and fifth seed Karolina Pliskova 6-2, 6-3 in the quarter-finals. He's surpassing Kei Nishikori, who's ranking is dropping from No. 25 to No. 33 after he pulled out of the BNP Paribas Open with an illness.

"I'm really honored to be the No. 1 Asian", Chung told ATP Tour's website. But Chung, now healthy, found the range on his powerful groundstrokes, got the break back to level then had break chances at 5-all.

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