Federer Pulls Away From Chung At Indian Wells, Keeps #1 Ranking; Del Potro Today
by Staff | March 16th, 2018, 9:43 am
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Roger Federer kept his record perfect on the year getting past a Hyeon Chung 7-5, 6-1 to advance to his 10th Indian Wells semifinal.

In a rematch of their Australian Open semifinal in which Chung withdrew in the second, Federer came out quickly jumping out to a 3-0 lead. But Chung, now healthy, found the range on his powerful groundstrokes, got the break back to level then had break chances at 5-all. But Federer saved then broke for the set.

“I’m happy I found a way. Started off really well, struggled afterwards, found my game back again and was able to protect it, saving big break points early on in the second set. I think that was the key to the match, those 10, 15 minutes where I broke at the end of the first and then saved break points early in the second,” Federer said. “I’m very happy. It was a good match. I played well.”

And in the second Federer pulled away to improve his spotless record in 2018 to 16-0, his best start to any year since 2006 when he went 16-0 at age 24.

“It’s a great start. Hopefully I can do one more and beat my best streak on Saturday,” Federer said.

The win means Federer will keep his No. 1 ranking. Had he lost before the semifinals, Rafael Nadal would have return to No. 1.

For his first Masters quarterfinal, the 21-year-old Chung will take over from Kei Nishikori as the No. 1 player from Asia.

“I’m really honored to be No. 1 Asian. And Kei is playing really good and is a great player in the world, and I hope he plays good this year,” Chung said.

Federer has won his last 9 matches at Indian Wells and 18 straight sets. He’ll meet another 21-year-old in Borna Coric on Saturday.

The Croat advanced to his first Masters semifinal after outlasting Kevin Anderson 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(3). Coric was down a 4-2 in the third, but managed to pull back and take the breaker.

“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.”

Coric has now won 11 of his last 12 final set breakers. Anderson, meanwhile, had won his last four, but drops to 0-9 in Masters quarterfinal matches.

The second semifinal will be determined today.

First time Indian Wells quarterfinal Sam Querrey will battle 2016 finalist Milos Raonic. The two have split their four meetings.

“I think my game is there,” Raonic said. “I imagine it’s just sort of putting the pieces together. I think I’m hitting the ball well in these kind of things. I think I’m 70%, 80% where I could be, so I’m pretty happy with how things are coming along. You know, I’m fighting well. That’s all I can really ask of myself. I don’t really know when the tennis things are going to click. It’s been better this week, so hopefully that’s the route it continues in.”

And then 2013 finalist Juan Martin del Potro takes on 34-year-old Philipp Kohlschreiber. Del Po leads 6-2 though the German has won their last two collisions.

“All these things happen after my surgery,” reflected del Potro. “Of course I cannot believe what I’m doing in my ‘new career,’ you know. But I’m enjoying a lot. I just enjoy the tour more than few years ago. And I like to be here because this is my job and this is what I love.”

FRIDAY INDIAN WELLS SCHEDULE
STADIUM 1 Starts At 12:00 Noon
QF -18 Sam Querrey VS -32 Milos Raonic
Not Before 2:00 Pm
QF -6 Juan Martin Del Potro VS -31 Philipp Kohlschreiber
Followed By
SF Pablo Cuevas/Horacio Zeballos VS -7 Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan
Not Before 7:00 Pm
SF -8 Venus Williams VS -20 Daria Kasatkina
Followed By
SF -1 Simona Halep VS Naomi Osaka


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37 Comments for Federer Pulls Away From Chung At Indian Wells, Keeps #1 Ranking; Del Potro Today

yah Says:

GOAT GOATness


skeezer Says:

Fed played really well overall, credit to Chung for making this match tough. He is like the new Djoker, with more power. If he gets that serve fixed, he’ll be a huge force in tennis.
That said, Fed played in turbo mode, the guy ran hard and quick. Had to with Chungs powerful groundies. Bottom line though, Fed can serve, Chung can’t or doesn’t have that as a weapon as Fed does…


RZ Says:

Apparently last night Tommy Haas made his retirement official. Not a shocker, by any means. Still sad for this Haas fan. He was fun (and pleasant) to watch.


Markus Says:

I always get very anxious when Federer plays. I keep thinking he’s old and could lose any time and this might be that time. Then he wins and all is well again in my world. I am enjoying my anxiety attacks. Against Coric, it may be easier for him but I also felt that it would be easy sailing for Kevin against Borna. So, …


RZ Says:

@Markus – welcome to the life of an Andy Murray fan. It’s a rollercoaster of emotions. (That 1st game of the 2nd set of Federer-Chung certainly applies)


Pamela Fryer Says:

ha ha!!!v Markus, I am the same way. When Chung broker Roger at 3-1, I was so nervous as well. We’ve all seen Roger come out strong and end up loosing. I am loving watching Federer play again since he came back last year. Hoping we have at least a few more years of Roger.


PK Says:

Did the announcer say Chung’s height is 6’3″?! He doesn’t look that tall, maybe because he’s so stocky. But with that height and his power, his serve should be much more lethal. He got no aces, while Federer had 11.


skeezer Says:

Chung wants to have his feet together when he starts his service motion. He cannot generate much power from that stance. Am sure someone will come around to change that.


RZ Says:

@PK – ATP site has Chung listed as 6’2″.


Daniel Says:

Chung serve is getting better, he served a lot to Federer’s body yesterday and it lookd overall more solid than AO. Fed didn’t make a single return winner whereas agaisnt several other players this year he smacked some second serves. He was also chipping a lot, not driving.

Coric has a serve weapon but baseline he is more inconsistant then Chung and if Fed was able to sustain that level I don’t see Coric making an upset. Maybe winning a set, a breaker. Will see.


Daniel Says:

Federer is shaping up to have an stellar 2018 shateering all records.

He can reach 6 year end #1, tyong Sampras a co-leader

If he wins IW, for his 28 Masters he will be 2 shy of Djoko and Nadal. Nadal only once won 3 clay Masters and this year with his injurys he may not win 2, maybve 1., So 31 is a reachable number for Fed. He may end 2018 as co-leader in Masters titles as well.

These are 2 of the only 3 records missing for him (along with Connors total titles at 109), which he can get closer to by the end of year, as he will likelly finish the year at low end of 100+.

Too earluy still, one player can get hot and win 2 Slams and 3 Masters, but right now, Fed seems the safer bet for winning more HC Masters and finishing #1.


Humble Rafa Says:

Daniel, like all men from Asia, you love numbers don’t you. Like all men from Asia, you must focus on your English.


skeezer Says:

@Daniel,
Personally I’d like to see him go to 109 :)


j-kath Says:

Skeezer: Here is a tennis report that is a bit more interesting than the most.
http://www.oregonlive.com/expo/erry-2018/03/4aa5d7ba4f/why_roger_federer_will_play_an.html


Markus Says:

RZ, Murray is my second favorite after Federer. I am glad it’s the not other way around or I would have been institutionalized by now.


Markus Says:

I wonder about the breakdown of Connors titles? Surely, he does not have as much wins in big tournaments as Federer has. If Federer is after that record, if he plays a bunch of minor events, he can easily reach or even surpass that number. Many of his detractors will complain but they routinely complain anyway regardless of what Roger does.


Daniel Says:

HR,

I am not from Asia, from Brazil!;-)


Daniel Says:

Skeeze, me too!

But to me the 6 Year End #1 will rank higher.
I consider #1 way more important than total titles. Specially as Connors won a bunch of small tourneys. But indeed, that record was thought to be unmatchable a few years ago. Now he is 2 wins away from #98 and third straight this season, and not stopping any time soon.

My order would be:
1 – Tie Sampras for 6 YE#1
2 – Tie or surpass Connors 109 title. 110 would be a fitting number
3 – Tie or leader in total Masters


Daniel Says:

Markus, regarding the snmall turney, he may play more next year.

I think he will wait to see how long this current streak last
and if whe’ll win more big titles.

He is favorite now for IW, possibly Mimai, Wimbledon and the 2 ATP 500 he schedule to play this year: Halle and Basel If he plays RG I doubt he will play Stutgart, if he goes deep.

If he finishes this season with 102 (-1/+1) give or take, he knwos that record would be within reach, but he would have to compromise big tourneys next seaoson.

First thing is get to 100. That would be insane already.


Margot Says:

But your phone Daniel,is surely from some galaxy, far far away. We need a “babel fish”………;)


Daniel Says:

Connors title breakdown:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Connors_career_statistics#Singles_titles:_(109)

- 8 Grand Slams
- 3 Year End Championship (WTF equivalent)
- 17 Super High category (Grand Prix) – Masters Equivalent
- 49 High category
- 32 Low category


Daniel Says:

Margot,

And I don’t even have fat fingers, but even so, type the next door letter wrong all the time;-)

Now that I am at PC, much better.


Markus Says:

Daniel, I have fun reading your posts with all those typographical errors. They often come out very unintentionally funny. But the meaning are all in there so nothing gets lost in the translation.


RZ Says:

I’m surprised so many on here are not familiar with the Danielese dialect of English. I occasionally slip into it myself sometimes, usually when using my phone for posting comments. 😜


j-kath Says:

Markus: As one of the few Andy fans left on the TX-site, my heart leaps that there are more of us inclined to favour wee Andy than I thought – I shall try to be much more polite and warmer towards you in the future…(PS: Andy should never have chosen tennis as his sport). I don’t care what anyone else says.


Markus Says:

Don’t worry about arguing with me j-kath. Nothing personal. It’s just a discussion. I wasn’t exactly gracious myself. In spite of the heartaches of being an Andy Murray and an Andy Murray fan, he has done well considering he got tangled in this time of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, arguably the 3 best tennis players ever. To become number one and win 3 majors during their time is an accomplishment nobody else has achieved. Not even del Potro (hehehe, had to throw that in).


Margot Says:

I hope you are all familiar with the wonderful “Hitch Hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy” wherein you will find all manner of amazing things, including Marvin the Paranoid Andoid, Vogon poetry, The Heart of Gold, Zaphod Beeblebox, babel fish of course, and many other joys.


el_matador Says:

in the middle of a midn8 bus journey..everbody is sleeping & I’m watching the live stream of delpo-kohls in ma mobile..seems like delpo’s going out..I had doubts about this match when I saw kohls thumping cilic the other day..sad..


j-kath Says:

Marcus – while wishing to be gracious, and grateful for your statements, I wasn’t the least bit worried about arguing with you – was simply surprised by your support of Andy. In my view his success or non-success has nothing to do with whom he can beat or who could beat him – my overall view of Andy is that he was not physically born to be a tennis player (he has always been handicapped yet the owner of of “all manner of amazing things”).


j-kath Says:

el matador: Yep – know what you are saying. Delpo’s opponent is a tough cookie…if he wins, Delpo has made the mistake of undermining him when he gets on a “hot” – have had many anxious moments watching him via Andy Murray.


el_matador Says:

vamos vamos..1 more set plz..and kohls,plz stop these insane returns,one handed bhdtl winners,drop shots..I know u’ve 1 of the most graceful,elegant games in atp but u’re goddamn inconsistent..now plz dnt ruin my weekend & then get knocked out by milos tomorrow


el_matador Says:

all those bp chances..wasted 2 with that post-injury inferior bh,that’s ok..but the fh he shanked in 1 bp chance..sigh..


Markus Says:

I cannot see Kohlschreiber winning this match. He is very inconsistent and does not have the mental fortitude of a champion. That’s why he cannot beat top 10 players (except Cilic the other day).


Daniel Says:

Glad Raonic is back deep in a masers event again.

Impressed by DelPo coming back twice from one set down to win.
Hope for great semis tomorrow.


Okiegal Says:

Osaka taking Halep to the wood shed……if she continues the finals should be a cracker….4-0 Osaka….second set ….wow!!


Willow Says:

Margot loved that film HGTTG, and Alan Rickmans Marvin the paranoid android was hilarious, moving on to tennis the semis should be crackers, still cant see past Federer for the title ….


Margot Says:

Willow, the book by Douglas Adams is much better, better pictures in your head! Also been brilliantly on the radio. But back to tennis….;) nor me.

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