Roger Federer defeats Chung Hyeon, rolls into Indian Wells tennis semifinals
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Roger Federer defeats Chung Hyeon, rolls into Indian Wells tennis semifinals

Roger Federer fired 12 aces against Chung Hyeon and was broken just once in extending his bid for a record sixth title at the Indian Wells Masters.

tennis Updated: Mar 16, 2018 10:25 IST
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Roger Federer‬,‪Indian Wells Masters‬,‪Chung Hyeon‬
Roger Federer during his quarterfinal match against Chung Hyeon at the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.(USA TODAY Sports)

Roger Federer defeated Chung Hyeon 7-5, 6-1 to reach the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday night and equal his career-best start of 16-0 from 2006.

With Rod Laver and Pete Sampras looking on, Federer fired 12 aces and was broken just once in extending his bid for a record sixth title in the desert.

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Federer and Chung last played in the Australian Open semifinals, when the South Korean was forced to retire trailing 6-1, 5-2 because of blisters on his left foot. Federer went on to win the title and at 36 is the No. 1 player again.

Federer saved a handful of break points in the first game of the second set and then broke Chung twice, including on a double fault to take a 5-1 lead.

Serving for the match, Federer’s errant backhand spoiled his first match point. His forehand volley went wide, giving Chung a break chance. But Chung’s forehand error got Federer to deuce and he closed out his second match point with an ace that Chung unsuccessfully challenged the call on.

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Next up for Federer is Borna Coric of Croatia, who upset No. 7 seed Kevin Anderson 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3) for his first win in four tries against the South African.

First Published: Mar 16, 2018 10:24 IST