Roger Federer has beaten Hyeon Chung 7-5 6-1 at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells to reach the semi-finals and maintain his number one spot in the world.
Federer, who also won at Rotterdam in February, is gunning for a record sixth Indian Wells title.
Federer will next face South Korea's Chung Hyeon, who defeated Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas 6-1, 6-3.
Unlike their Australian Open semi-final, from which Chung was forced to retire with a nasty blister, this was a proper contest - but only for the first hour.
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".
"I like his play".
Chung put up a good fight in the first set despite Federer taking an early 3-0 lead, a feat the Swiss repeated in the second set, meeting with less resistance from Chung this time. Federer had a harder time holding serve compared to his match against Chardy (where he only dropped 5 points on serve), with Chung managing to break Federer in the first set despite the World #1 seeming in cruise mode.More news: Ford Recalls 1.3 Million Vehicles Because Their Steering Wheels May Fall Off
He next faces Croatian Coric who outlasted seventh seeded Kevin Anderson 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/3). Federer earned the only break in the 11th game and then served a love game to take the set.
"I didn't start very well".
Thanks to his quarterfinal run in Indian Wells, Chung will rise to a career-high of No. 23 and become the No. 1 ranked Asia.
"He is a very steady baseliner - similar to Chung". It was a golden chance for Chung to create a situation when the first set and early momentum was completely up for grabs, but the dominant Federer once again elevated his play in the important moments. He won the match by blasting his 12 ace of the day. "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".
Federer recorded a relatively easy win as he dispatched of the South Korean in straight sets 7-5, 6-1.
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. I just enjoy the tour more than few years ago.
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