Federer equals his best start to year ever

Epic rally helps Federer break another record

Epic rally helps Federer break another record

Less than two months after a burst blister forced him to retire from the Australian Open, South Korean Chung Hyeon has earned another shot at Roger Federer in a rematch of their semi-final in Melbourne.

The upset victory in the California desert means the 21-year-old will play in his first Masters 1000 semi-final against the victor of the clash between world No 1 Roger Federer or Hyeon Chung of South Korea.

The Croatian recorded his first win in four attempts against the South African, who reached the US Open final past year and is back into the top 10 of the world rankings.

Coric lost the first set 2-6, but fought back in the second and eventually won a third set tie-break for a 2-6 6-4 7-6 (3) victory over Anderson, who has enjoyed a great start to 2018. It is a totally different year, and so many years after that", he said on Thursday."For so many years I have felt good actually in Australia already. "I'm really happy to play against Roger". "I think that was the key to the match, those 10, 15 minutes where I broke at the end of the first and then saved break points early in the second".

He won 70% of points on his first serve and hit 12 aces to beat Chung for the second time this season.

"I didn't start very well".

The World No.1 cruised into the semi-finals with a 7-5, 6-1 victory on Thursday.

Epic rally helps Federer break another record
Federer equals his best start to year ever

From that moment the fate of the match was all but decided, with Federer breaking the Chung serve again to make it 5-1.

It wasn't just the Swiss displaying great tennis though, as Chung also highlighted why he is such a promising talent. Federer again took the only break in the second set to go up 5-4.

Federer would regain control though and despite the first set looking like it was headed for a tiebreak, he managed to manoeuvre his way to two set points off Chung's serve in the 12th game.

"I'm really honored to be number one Asian", Chung said. "I just was more focused on what I have to do, not thinking that much about the wind and what is going on on court".

"I didn't start very well", Coric said.

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

In this EPA photo, Chung Hyeon of South Korea (L) shakes hands with Roger Federer of Switzerland after losing in straight sets in the quarterfinals at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California, on March 15, 2018.

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