R. Federer Outplays Chung, Maintains world No.1 Position

Roger Federer(left) and Hyeong Chung(right) after their match/ en.rfi.fr
World number 1 Roger Federer has been putting in his best to maintain his world number 1 position and has won all his recent matches starting from the Australian Open to his games in Rotterdam where he bagged his 97th title.

Deccan Herald has it that Defending champion Roger Federer equalled his best start to a season with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Chung Hyeon to book his spot in the semifinals of the Indian Wells Masters on Thursday.

Federer, who is seeking a record sixth Indian Wells title, extended his win streak to 16 straight matches, matching the start he had to the 2006 ATP calendar season.

In the semifinals, Federer will face Croatian Borna Coric who outlasted seventh seeded Kevin Anderson 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/3).

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Federer won 70 percent of his first serve points, had just one double fault and broke Chung’s serve four times in the one hour, 23 minute main stadium match.

He clinched the victory on the second match point when he blasted his 12th and final ace of the contest.

Earlier this year he defended his title at the Australian Open, picking up his 20th Grand Slam win.

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Last month he claimed his 97th singles title with a victory in Rotterdam which helped him regain the world number one ranking and become the oldest No 1 player in ATP history.

And this victory guarantees he will hold onto the top spot after Indian Wells.

This was the first match between Federer and Chung since the semifinals of the Aussie Open when the Swiss was leading 6-1, 5-2 and Chung was forced to retire with a foot blister.

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The bespectacled Chung, appearing in his fifth quarterfinal in six tournaments this year, dropped to 15-6 on the season. He’s set to surpass Japan’s Kei Nishikori as the top Asian player in the ATP rankings.

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