Roger Federer beats Borna Coric in three sets at BNP Paribas Open

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Federer lost his first set, which is extremely rare these days, but he still managed to win 75 percent of his service points and do just enough with the return to get the victory.

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Against Federer, Chardy played a tough first set in windy conditions that persisted throughout the day.

For his efforts this week, the 21-year-old Coric will rise in the rankings from 49 to 36. Pete Sampras, 14 time grand slam champion, and two time calendar slam holder Rod Laver, watched on as Hyeon Chung found it impossible to break down Federer. "We will see what happens there", Federer said after his quarter-final win. "The sport gave me cherished friendships, an ability to travel the world, and opportunities to create incredible memories". "I'm really happy to play against Roger".

Federer rubbed salt in the wound by breaking in the next game and never looked back, cruising to the victory. I don't know. What was I doing back then?

"I was downwind, so I think that helped to break him". 'I guess I had a similar good start to the year. Sometimes chances don't come around again and that's exactly what happend. I mean, you go from one to the next.

Del Potro won almost 90 percent of his first service points and converted four of his five break point opportunities against Raonic, who never created a break point against the towering Argentine.




In a repeat of the Australian Open semi-finals, the world number one finished with 12 aces and was broken just once, as he strives for a sixth title in California.

Federer then came from behind to edge the third set of a compelling match and ensure there would be no repeat of Simona Halep's shock exit in the women's draw, with either Milos Raonic or Juan Martin del Potro now next up in the final. Nearly inevitably, it was Nadal who stopped the sequence by beating him in the Dubai final.

While Federer enjoyed a first round bye, Coric was in action, beating Donald Young, Albert Ramos Vinolas and Robert Bautista Agut in straight sets.

Federer trailed 4-3 and then broke after two deuces on his way to winning the last three games of the two-hour, 20-minute struggle.

Federer was crowned the oldest world number one in February after his triumph at the Rotterdam Open, and he continues to surprise with the level of his game in the latter stages of his career.

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

Nadal was forced out of the Mexico Open and has opted to skip Indian Wells and Miami to focus on rehabbing a hip injury in time for the clay court season.

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