Federer v Chung As QFs Begin At Indian Wells; Del Po, Raonic Play Friday
by Staff | March 15th, 2018, 11:53 am

Roger Federer will get another look and the young Korean phenom Hyeon Chung tonight in the quarterfinals. In January in their Australian Open semifinal, Chung had to retire in the second set due to a debilitating blister on his left foot. A healthier Chung relishes a chance at redemption tonight against the Swiss who’s undefeated at 15-0 in the year.

In the other quarterfinal, this afternoon US Open finalist Kevin Anderson seeks his very first Masters quarterfinal against the in-form Borna Coric. Anderson has won all three matches and seven sets against the 21-year-old Croat.

“I know what to expect. I know how he sort of plays. I have been watching him a little bit this week. Seems to be play very well, fighting very well, being aggressive from the baseline,” Anderson said. “For me the biggest thing is always focusing on playing my kind of tennis as much I can. I feel when I do that I give myself the best chance of having a good result.”

Yesterday on a fall day of round of 16 action, Federer was made to work by Jeremy Chardy in a tough 7-5, 6-4 win.

“I’m relieved that I was able to win three matches already,” Federer said. ‘Because in a big, tough draw like here at Indian Wells, you’re never quite sure what to expect. So I’m just happy I’m on a good run.

“You can’t plan for these runs to happen. Either they happen or they don’t. Sometimes you need a bit of luck to keep the runs going. And this year it’s just been really good, solid matches,” Federer added. “We’ll see how long it lasts really. This might be the last day. So we’ll see. It’s just how it goes. Don’t jinx it.”

Chung picked up his 15th win of the year dispatching Pablo Cuevas 6-1, 6-3.

Anderson won a nail-biter over 2017 Indian Wells semifinalist Pablo Carreno Busta, edging the Spaniard 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(6).

Former finalists Juan Martin del Potro and Milos Raonic both were winners. Del Potro overcame a set and break down in the second to deny friend and countryman Leonardo Mayer 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-3.

“I’m surprised with the Mayer levels of today,” Del Potro said. “He deserved to play like that… I turned around the match and the control of the points, and then I started to play much better right after the tie-break.”

On Friday, del Potro will meet Philipp Kohlschreiber who was a 6-4, 7-6(1) victor over Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

Raonic had the easiest day earning a walkover against Marcos Baghdatis who withdrew due to an illness.

“I woke up and felt a bit ill. I have some stomach issues. I came to have a hit and didn’t feel myself. I didn’t feel well to go out there. I’m really sorry to the fans who wanted to see this match. I’m a bit disappointed myself,” Baghdatis said.

Raonic will take on Sam Querrey after the California native advanced to his first Indian Wells by beating Felicano Lopez 6-3, 6-4.

“It’s the best I played so far,” Querrey said. “My first-serve percentage was a little low. But other than that, I did everything really well. Really aggressive. I thought I returned pretty well against the guy. He’s got a tough serve.

STADIUM 1 Starts At 11:00 Am
QF -10 Angelique Kerber VS -20 Daria Kasatkina
Not Before 1:00 Pm
QF Borna Coric VS -7 Kevin Anderson
Not Before 5:00 Pm
QF -8 Venus Williams VS -27 Carla Suárez Navarro
Not Before 7:00 Pm
QF -1 Roger Federer VS -23 Hyeon Chung
Followed By
QF -3 Oliver Marach/Mate Pavic VS Feliciano Lopez/Marc Lopez

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18 Comments for Federer v Chung As QFs Begin At Indian Wells; Del Po, Raonic Play Friday

Willow Says:

Federer will be too much for Chung too much variety ….

Daniel Says:

Chung recovered from 0-3 down to even score. He is in the match, finding his range. A lot of rallies.

Fed broke when Ching was 40-0 up and Chung broke when Fed was 40-15, so they are dead even.

Daniel Says:

Not the type of match Federer wanted to play but I am liking him sustaining a few long rallies.

Chung like Djokovic today.

Daniel Says:

Great return game to break and win first set 7-5, unleashing some power shots, preventing tiebreak. Serving first second set.

Daniel Says:

What a point to hold a tense game. 1-0 second set.

Very grueling match for Fed. Ching is retrieving everything under slower night conditions. Fed acing twice down BP.

Mjj288 Says:

Fed rolling now. After Fed held onto that 2nd set first roller coaster service game, Chung’s level has dropped a bit and Fed is in cruise control.

Rajesh Says:

No.1 Mr.Federer

Rajesh Says:

Whose next now

Daniel Says:

Ace, set, match. Fed secures #1 at least for 2 more weeks. 308 weeks minimum after Miami.
16 straight wins to open a season.

If he wins IW he can lose Miami first round and he will be #1 entering clay until Rome (only tourney Nadal can gain points). All that if Fed doesn’t play on clay. If he does he can increase his margin.

Next Coric and than hope for a DelPo final.

James Says:

82 minute match and a day off tomorrow – Fed will be fine for the semi final against Coric on saturday. IF Fed wins IW, he could hold on to the No. 1 ranking for quite some time. this is just crazy – to have a 36 year old guy win like this. What’s up with the younger generation – they just can’t play tough. And what’s up with the middle-agers like Djoke, Murray, Nadal, Stan – all injured. Only the old man left standing? The guy is playing with so much confidence and so much aggression – its amazing.

skeezer Says:

Whats up with the younger gen? How about what is up with the older gen? Can’t manage their schedule nor their fitness?
Djoker will have a new nemesis if he comes back; Chung. The guy can play. Fed had to play lights out to beat this guy today.
Fed STILL #1. Haters gonna love dat! Lol….

chofer Says:

I’ve been watching tennis for 25 years now (yes, I’m old!)
And I can confidently say that Federer has never played betterb than the last two years, minus a hiccup.

The way he pushes you with serve and returns i beyond comparable.

He just doen’t let you swing. Chung was rushed all the time. And he’s a good prospect.

So, don’t BLAME the young generations. Blame this alien with a tennis rcquet, pretending this is ping-pong.

Having said that, I wish Delpo recovers from his pain in the back (similar of what Federer had at Montreal last year) because, at full strenght, he’s the only one left in the draw who could push him to three sets.

But he’s been apathic about moving well with that pain bothering him. He’ll need to, because Kohl plays fast. But not nearly as fast as the alien.

Hoping for the best.

Willow Says:

Chung did well to hold it together for one set, he really needed to win the first set to have any chance against Federer ….

Willow Says:

He looks more intimidated by Federer than he did against Djokovic, im looking forward to seeing how he fares against Rafa and Andy ….

Okiegal Says:

Out with the old and in with the new…..go team Thiem! 😎😎

RZ Says:

@Okie – glad to have you as the newest Team Thiem member!

Okiegal Says:

@RZ……He’s the one I like of the younger guys…..he’s good on clay……and I’m a fool for the red dirt……lots of it in Oklahoma! I am for him as long as Rafa and Andy are recovering…….I like Thiem’s demeanor on court, Grigor’s too…..

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