Federer chasing more glory at Indian Wells
INDIAN WELLS, California (AP):
Roger Federer defeated Jeremy Chardy of France 7-5, 6-4 in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday, and at 15-0, the world's top-ranked men's player is off to his best start since 2006.
The 36-year-old Swiss superstar can equal his season-best start of 16-0 with a win in the quarter-finals, where he will meet Chung Hyeon of South Korea in a rematch of their Australian Open semi-final.
"This might be the last day, so we'll see," Federer said, smiling. "Don't jinx it."
He advanced to the final in Melbourne when Chung retired in the second set trailing 6-1, 5-2 because of blisters on his left foot. Federer went on to win a five-set final against Marin Cilic for his 20th Grand Slam title.
Chung, seeded 23rd at Indian Wells, beat 30th-seeded Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay 6-1, 6-3.
"I was honestly quite surprised how quickly he came back," Federer said. "Because that thing looked nasty, and it takes some time to heal. But he seems fine, and he played a great match today. So I'm excited to play against him."
Federer is chasing a record sixth title in the desert.
Against Federer, Chardy played a tough first set in windy conditions that persisted throughout the day. Federer earned the only break in the 11th game and then served a love game to take the set.
Federer again took the only break in the second set to go up 5-4. His forehand pulled Chardy completely off the court, and Federer hit a crosscourt backhand winner off Chardy's return. Federer served his fifth love game of the match to close it out.
Chardy committed 46 unforced errors to 29 for Federer, who won 90 percent of his total service points.
Against Cuevas, Chung dominated in racing to a 6-1, 5-0 lead before Cuevas fought off seven match points to break back in the sixth game. Cuevas then broke Chung again to close to 5-3, but the Korean closed out the win.