Tennis
Indian Wells Masters

Ruthless Federer sends Chung packing, faces Coric next

Share this with
Copy
Share this article

Roger Federer celebrates

Image credit: Getty Images

ByReuters
16/03/2018 at 07:25 | Updated 16/03/2018 at 07:27

South Korean Chung Hyeon managed to hang around against Roger Federer a little longer this time around, but only just, as the Swiss maestro advanced to the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open 7-5 6-1 on Thursday.

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

Federer, who won his 20th grand slam title with his victory at Melbourne Park, was ruthless with his 21-year-old opponent once again on Thursday and took his unbeaten run this year to 16 matches, equalling his record from 12 years ago.

Roland-Garros

What makes the 'Big Three' so special? - Kuerten and Corretja join Tennis Legends

6 HOURS AGO

Chung said he had enjoyed going toe-to-toe with Federer in a tight first set.

“I was down one break, and I'm just trying to stay calm and I'm just trying to learn from Roger," the Korean told the ATP's official website. "And I come back, five-all, and he played good. I'm really happy to play against Roger."

Federer will next meet Borna Coric, who defeated world number nine Kevin Anderson 2-6 6-4 7-6(3).

The 21-year-old Croatian had initially looked out-gunned by the big-serving South African, who had won all three of their previous meetings without dropping a set.

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.

“I didn't start very well. He was hitting the ball very big, and I just couldn't find my rhythm on the ball,” Coric said.

“I started going more for the serve. And then I broke him earlier in the second set, which was really helpful.

"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.”

The match appeared all but over in the third when a frustrated Coric double faulted to hand Anderson a break for a 4-2 lead but the world number 49 broke straight back and went on to force a tie-breaker.

Anderson was ragged thereafter and Coric pumped his fist in triumph after the seventh seed sent a forehand long to hand the Croatian the biggest win of his career.

Tennis

Federer 'not even the second best player ever', says Cash

16 HOURS AGO
Tennis

Federer and Kerber invited to Berlin exhibition

01/06/2020 AT 13:19
Related Topics
TennisIndian Wells MastersRoger FedererHyeon Chung
Share this with
Copy
Share this article

Latest News

Roland-Garros

What makes the 'Big Three' so special? - Kuerten and Corretja join Tennis Legends

6 HOURS AGO

Latest Videos

Tennis

Kuerten draws heart on court at Roland-Garros in 2001

00:00:47

Most popular

Tennis

Rackets Down, Hands Up - Tennis stars join Frances Tiafoe in protest video

YESTERDAY AT 07:44
View more