Roger Federer thrashes Chung Hyeon to reach India Wells semis


California, March 16: South Korean Chung Hyeon managed to hang around against Roger Federer a little longer this time around, but only just, as the Swiss maestro advanced to the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open 7-5 6-1 on Thursday.
Chung`s fairytale run at the Australian Open in January came to a crashing halt when he retired with foot blisters while trailing Federer 6-1 5-2 in their semi-final. Federer, who won his 20th grand slam title with his victory at Melbourne Park, was ruthless with his 21-year-old opponent once again on Thursday and took his unbeaten run this year to 16 matches, equalling his record from 12 years ago.
Chung said he had enjoyed going toe-to-toe with Federer in a tight first set. “I was down one break, and I`m just trying to stay calm and I`m just trying to learn from Roger,” the Korean told the ATP`s official website. “And I come back, five-all, and he played good. I`m really happy to play against Roger.”
Federer will next meet Borna Coric, who defeated world number nine Kevin Anderson 2-6 6-4 7-6(3). The 21-year-old Croatian had initially looked out-gunned by the big-serving South African, who had won all three of their previous meetings without dropping a set. (Agencies)