Federer matches best season start

Federer matches best season start

The most decorated male tennis player in history and the current number 1, Roger Federer, equalled his best start to a season after beating Hyeong Chung by 7-5,6-1 on Thursday.

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.

Federer will face Chung in a repeat of their Australian Open semi-final after the South Korean cruised past Pablo Cuevas 6-1 6-3.

Chung let four break points slip in the opening game of the second set and he was punished, Federer rolling out to a 4-1 lead. Pete Sampras, 14 time grand slam champion, and two time calendar slam holder Rod Laver, watched on as Hyeon Chung found it impossible to break down Federer. "When he plays, it's so attractive", Kohli, 29, said.

Federer clinched the victory on the first match point when Chardy pounded a forehand into the net.

"So I'm just happy I'm on a good run".

Switzerland's Federer recalls parts of that streak but not all the tournaments he played in to get there.

But just when a rout appeared to be in the offing, the South Korean started battling back, winning the next three games to pull to a 3-3 tie.

Chung Hyeon hits a shot at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California on Wednesday.

The win ensures that the Swiss star retains his world No 1 ranking and sets up a semi-final showdown with Croatian Borna Coric.

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 Californian desert. I have been watching him a little bit this week.

Serving for the match, Federer's errant backhand spoiled his first match point.

His opponent Coric outwitted the big-server Kevin Anderson as he manifested a come from behind win after being a set down.

She will face world No. 1 Simona Halep in the last four today, after the Romanian beat Croatia's Petra Martic 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3.