Published: Mon, March 19, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Roger Federer, Martin del Potro enter semis at Indian Wells

Roger Federer, Martin del Potro enter semis at Indian Wells

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.

Federer had been searching for a record sixth title in California, but it was Del Potro who powered to his first ATP Masters 1000 title.

"He plays similar to Chung", Federer said. Federer still found ways to win majority of the big points and was able to win a match even if he wasn't playing his complete best. "But I beat him in the past, and I know I can repeat that". Federer went on to win the title and at 36 is the No 1 player again. "Jeez, I just tried to think back at the French Open semis, US Open finals, Olympic semis, Basel finals".

That equals the 16-0 start to the 2006 ATP calendar season.

Federer missed clinching the championship when he broke del Potro at 4-4, then fluffed the opportunity when he served by allowing the Argentinian to claw his way back to level scores at 5-5. He hit 8 winners in the opener.

Federer, contesting his eighth Indian Wells final, faced two break points at the start of the second set but he saved both to hold for 1-0. "I was down twice a break in the third, I was down a break in the second".

Brilliant honesty from Federer, though that's not likely to make Coric feel any better after surrendering his one set lead yesterday. "I made the right choices all the time", Borna Coric said, in his press conference.

"Sometimes they (his emotions) have taken me for a ride, they have cost me matches, but I have also been cost matches by holding it in", Raonic said in a courtside interview. It's breezy. It's hard to play offense.

"Really I just woke up", Federer said in an on-court interview. So no doubt about it, this was definitely the toughest match. "I always felt likes I was down in the score, and so to come back this way was a good one". If Del Potro can continue his strong play in the middle months of 2018, he is sure to solidify his place atop the rankings. Which is so good to me.

Juan Martin Del Potro stretches for a forehand in his quarterfinal match against Philipp Kohlschreiber. But in terms of ATP 1000 Masters titles won, the difference between the two is vast.

Del Potro was competing in his first Indian Wells final since 2013, when he lost to Spaniard Rafael Nadal. Tennis Hall of Famer, four-time major victor Guillermo Vilas had 929 wins in his career for Argentina.

On the win against Raonic, Del Potro said: "I think I was lucky in both sets". "I'm in the semis". Just three-setters, five-setters the whole way. Because in a big, tough draw like here at Indian Wells, you're never quite sure what to expect. "There wasn't much between us but you deserve it, well done".

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