Published: Sun, March 18, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Federer Clambers Back to Win

Federer Clambers Back to Win

Coric dropped just seven points on serve as he won the first set but Federer broke midway through the second to take it to a decider. If he makes it to tomorrow's final and wins he will reach a career best 17 consecutive wins. 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. It had already started the year before that, which this time it didn't.

According to the tournament's official website, the victor finished with 12 aces and won 70 percent of his first-service points, leaving little doubt in the final set.

"I didn't start very well", Coric said. "I was going to be, like, I'm going to be that extra". It's a great start. "I always felt likes I was down in the score, and so to come back this way was a good one".

The Swiss legend needed one hour and 23 minutes to power past Chung, breaking his serve four times. "So, yeah, I'm happy I'm feeling this way, actually".

"It was down-wind which I think particularly helped to break him in the second set".

The pair were evenly matched early on as they comfortably held serve until, at 5-5, the underdog ramped up the pressure and broke Federer at the second attempt, allowing him to clinch the set in the following game after an erroneous call had initially denied him a perfectly good victor.

Federer will next meet Borna Coric, who defeated world No. 9 Kevin Anderson 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3).

Federer won his 20th grand slam crown in January at the Australian Open, before winning his third Rotterdam Open title to return to World No.1 in February. The No. 1 player in the ATP Rankings matched his best start on Thursday at the BNP Paribas Open, improving to 16-0 in 2018 with a 7-5, 6-1 victory against Hyeon Chung of South Korea.

And this victory guarantees he will hold on to the top spot.

The future is now at the BNP Paribas Open.

For his efforts this week, the 21-year-old Coric will rise in the rankings from 49 to 36.

"I played more aggressive with my two-handed backhands, and I played more down the line". "That gave me the control of the match".

"And I come back, five-all, and he played good".

Asked about playing Del Potro, Federer said: "We have had a lot of close matches".

Federer is seeking his 98th tour-level title this week. Williams returned to the top 10 previous year after being runner-up at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.

On an increasingly blustery day, Coric was twice a break up in the decider, but Federer's finish was memorable.

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