Roger Fededer in the quarter-final of the BNP Paribas Open, ATP Indian Wells 2018
INDIAN WELLS, CA - MARCH 15: Roger Federer of Switzerland in action against Hyeon Chung of Korea during their quarterfinal match at the BNP Paribas Open - Day 11 on March 15, 2018 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)

BNP Paribas Open: Coric flies the Next Gen flag as he battles past Anderson for a crack at defending champion Federer

By Ros Satar, in Indian Wells

  • Borna Coric def. Kevin Anderson [7] 2-6 6-4 7-6(3)
  • Roger Federer [1] def. Hyeon Chung 7-5 6-1
INDIAN WELLS – USA – The quarter-final line-up for the men’s draw was finalised with defending champion Roger Federer bringing the curtain down on the night, where he will face another Next Gen star Borna Coric.




Borna Coric def. Kevin Anderson [7] 2-6 6-4 7-6(3)

Borna Coric, ATP Dubai 2018
Borna Coric, ATP Dubai 2018 | (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

Coming into this quarter-final, US Open finalist Kevin Anderson looked like he was very much the man in form. He was tested coming into this match, but he was confident that he could handle the upcomer Borna Coric.

It certainly looked that way in the opening exchanges, with Anderson jumping out to a commanding 4-2 lead befre breakig the Croatian once more for the set, albeit on the third time of asking.

That fighting spirit was an indicator though, of what was to come, as Coric struck first in the second set for the advantage, and then held on to tat advantage before serving the set out to love.

There was just one trade of breaks mid way throgh the third set on the way to an equally competitve tie-break, and it took judt two mini-breaks to seal a spot in his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-final. Not only that but he finally snapped his losing streak against the rangy South African.

Coric said, after the match: “I knew that I lost to him three times in a row, you know, and in the past I never played good against him, so obviously it was not easy. I was just saying to myself, I need one or two good points and he makes one double fault, and that’s what happened, you know, in the second set. That’s exactly what happened.

“I played, I think, two good points. He made a double fault at some point, and, you know, that’s it. And I needed to start to serve much better. That’s what I did. I was going more for the serves, I was taking more risk, and that’s what happened in the third set.”





Roger Federer [1] def. Hyeon Chung 7-5 6-1

He will face Roger Federer, who faced Hyeon Chung for a spot in the semi-final. Their last encounter was cut short as Cbung suffered from debillitating blisters in the semi-final of the Australian Open.

This was ultimately a more competitive beast with Chung going toe-to-toe with Federer as he impressively came back from 0-3 down in the first set, before Federer broke the Korean at the end to take the lead.

It was more like one-way traffic in the second set as again Federee jumped out to a commanding lead and this time piled on the pressure to ease into the semi-final.

Chung just seemed happy to have played a full set against Federer reiterating several times he had been happy to have played aganst Federer. Coric will most likely want to erase the memory of their last match in Dubai three years ago, where he only managed to get three games on the board. Something suggests this might be a little tighter.


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Friday’s quarter-finals featuring Juan Martin Del Potro/Phillip Kohlschreiber and Sam Querrey/Milos Raonic starts at 12pm (7pm GMT).


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