Roger Federer continued his unbeaten run in 2018 by defeating in Indian Wells’ Quarterfinal South Korea’s Hyeon Chung, 7-5, 6-1.
By claiming this victory, the Swiss Maestro accomplished a couple of important achievements: to equal his unbeaten run of 16 matches from back in 2006; to retain his newly regained world number 1 status. He will up his historic tally of weeks on the top to 308.
The 36 years old won every competition he entered in 2018: Hopman Cup (team competition, no ATP points), Australian Open and Rotterdam Open.
The 20 time Grand Slam champion started the match against Chung in style, breaking the serve from the first try.
But when serving at 3-1 in the first set, the Next Gen champion broke back.
Several times Federer was forced to defend, as the South Korean kept coming forward and playing aggressive. But the Swiss was most of the times successful in either lobbying or passing the young star.
Hyeon Chung has an impressive footwork. His movement is one of his best weapons. Not the same can be said about his serve, which let him down second time in the first set. Federer claimed the first set, for sure a competitive and promising one.
But the second set was nothing like the first one, as Chung wasn’t able to keep up the high level. It turned out to be a one sided one, the ATP’s leader claiming it by 6-1.
Roger Federer will meet Croatia’s Borna Coric for a place in the final. The young star had an amazing week in which he played an inspired tennis.