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Indian Wells: Federer Thumps Chardy to Enter Last Eight

Indian Wells: Federer Thumps Chardy to Enter Last Eight

World No. 1 Roger Federer's remarkable run continued as he booked his quarter-final berth in the ATP Indian Wells Masters with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Jeremy Chardy on Wednesday (early on Thursday morning, South African time).

Del Potro needed nearly two and a half hours to overcome Mayer 3-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-3. Here I am feeling very good but it does not mean I am going to play well over the next few weeks but I just hope I can continue like this.

The bespectacled South Korean, who's riding a career-high rank of No. 26, said the influence of his new team, sharpening his serve and having fun on court are the primary reasons for his surge this season.

Incredibly, Chardy managed to retrieve the lob and send an eye-catching "tweener" back Federer's way but the Swiss star was waiting at the net with an un-returnable drop shot. Each time he got the break he then served for the set.

Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany beat Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France 6-4, 7-6 (7/1) and Canada's Milos Raonic won in a walkover when Marcos Baghdatis withdrew from their night match with an illness. Chardy's lone victory over Federer was a three setter, 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8/6), on clay in Rome in 2014.

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"I was a little bit frustrated about the game today because the wind didn't give us the rhythm, " Halep said in an on-court interview. "I just fought and that's maybe why I won because I refuse to lose".

America's Sam Querrey also reached the quarter-finals with a 6-3 6-4 win over Spaniard Feliciano Lopez, but compatriot Taylor Fritz was beaten 6-2 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 by Croatia's Borna Coric.

Halep moves on to the semi-finals where she will face Japan's Naomi Osaka who beat fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova 6-2, 6-3.

Fritz broke in the first game of the third set, but Coric tied it in the fourth game. He then saved a break point in the ninth game before breaking Fritz to clinch the match in the next game on his fourth match point overall. "I think I was very smart during the tiebreak". "It was ups and downs and set points, the tiebreak". He started 16-0 and went on to win 33 of 34 matches.


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