Federer dispatches Hyeon Chung : Indian Wells

17 March, 2018, 02:13 | Author: Shannon Aguilar
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"In the first set I couldn't find my rhythm because he was playing way too fast and I wasn't serving too good". "This might be the last day, so we'll see", Federer said, smiling.

"For so many years I have felt good actually in Australia already". "I don't even remember what tournament I played first up and won".

The 36-year-old surrendered just three points on serve in the opening set and took control of the second with a crosscourt backhand victor that broke Chardy when tied at 4-4.

It is his best beginning to the season since 2006 when he started 16-0 and won 33 of his first 34 matches."It has been great".

Federer, 36, began 2018 by successfully defending his Australian Open championship, and he also won the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, Netherlands, last month.

"I'm really honored to be number one Asian", Chung said. Chung gave Federer all he could handle in the opening set before running out of steam in the second set.

Milos Raonic
Milos Raonic

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

Indian Wells: Yuki Bhambri's stupendous run at the Indian Wells Masters came to an end following his defeat to American World No.21 Sam Querrey in the third round. Federer again took the only break in the second set to go up 5-4.

Unseeded Coric moves to the quarter-finals, where he will play red-hot South African Kevin Anderson who defeated Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 4-6 6-3 7-6 (8/6). "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". I can just imagine how much pain there is to it. Next up for the Argentine is Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber, who advanced with a 6-4, 7-6 (1) win over France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert. I tried also to push a little bit the ball and then to hit it.

"Taking care of your serve is key in these conditions when it's breezy - you never know when the wind is going to change". "Of course I can not believe what I'm doing in my 'new career, ' you know".

In the women's, world No. 1 Simona Halep punched her ticket to the semi-finals with a 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3 win over Croatia's Petra Martic.

Federer built another 3-0 lead in the second set and didn't let Chung creep back into the match this time, keeping the South Korean on the run with an array of outstanding shots.

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