Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Roger Federer, Martin del Potro enter semis at Indian Wells

Roger Federer surrendered just three points on serve in the opening set. AFP Roger Federer surrendered just three points on serve in the opening set. AFP
Jean Garcia | 19 March, 2018, 00:30

Roger Federer found his way back from a set and a break down to reach his eighth final at the Indian Wells Masters, beating Croatian Borna Coric 5-7 6-4 6-4. Although Federer owns a 18-6 record against the 29-year-old in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series, Del Potro actually leads the Swiss when it comes to finals with three wins to Federer's two.

Federer, says this has been the best match he has played in quite some time.

'I beat him in the past, and I know [what] I can do to repeat that, but is not easy. "Clearly, the focus has to be the finals right now and not enjoying the record".

'But I will try to do my best tennis.

World number eight Del Potro, though, is relishing Sunday's encounter against the evergreen 36-year-old. And when I was playing offense he was defending well.

Federer, who lost his first set of the week as he beat Coric for the second time, had to work in challenging and windy conditions on Saturday - in addition to a relatively unorthodox 11am start that required a pre-match plate of pasta two hours beforehand. Coric forced Federer to adapt throughout the match. The ball was called out but Coric challenged and after the video review the original call was confirmed.

I believe Federer will produce his sensational best in the final, as he usually does.

"Those 10 minutes when he was up a set and a break were tough for me to accept", Federer said during an on-court interview.

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"I got a bit lucky. It was a good match and a tough one for him".

In 2017, Federer won the title by defeating Ston Wawrinka by 6-4, 7-5.

"It was surprising to see him [Raonic] serving not too hard, and I broke his serve very quick in both sets", he said. "That gave me the control of the match".

Japanese dynamo Naomi Osaka punched her ticket to the Indian Wells final on Friday, routing world No. 1 Simona Halep to set up a title clash with rising star Daria Kasatkina.

"We have had a lot of close matches".

I just tried to think back at the French Open semis, US Open finals, Olympic semis, Basel finals, a bunch of those guys, and few World Tour Finals matches, Shanghai. "Just three-setters, five-setters the whole way", said Federer. Federer, on the other hand, will look to use his own potent forehand to bully Del Potro's backhand.

"He's the favourite to win tomorrow", Del Potro said.

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