World No 1 Roger Federer continued his remarkable run as he booked his quarterfinal berth in the ATP Indian Wells Masters with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Jeremy Chardy on Wednesday. The victory takes Federer, 36, to one of his strongest career starts on 15-0 in 2018 as he chases a record sixth Indian Wells title.
Holder Federer put on a serving masterclass against Chardy as he hit two aces and won 100 percent of his first serve points, dropping just three serve points overall with those coming on his second serve. The Swiss maestro only needed to break Chardy once in each set, before clinching victory on the first match point when the Frenchman pounded a forehand into the net.
He advances to the quarterfinals where he will face South Korea’s Chung Hyeon who defeated 30th-seeded Pablo Cuevas 6-1, 6-3 earlier in the day. It will be a second meeting between both men after the 21-year-old was forced to retire in their semi-final clash at the Australian Open.
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