Federer vs. Coric
|Date & Time||Saturday March 17, 2018, 11:00 PM (EDT)|
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Borna Coric and Roger Federer meet in the semifinals of the 2018 Indian Wells Masters.
Borna Coric is coming off a three sets win over Kevin Anderson that took 31 games to decide. In the victory, Coric won 64 percent of his first serve points and 69 percent of his second serve points. Coric has managed to be on the right side of back-to-back three set matches, and he just beat a top-20 player who has far and away more experience. Coric is proving to be a mentally tough player and is keeping his unforced errors numbers to a minimum, which gives him a fighting chance against anybody. Coric hopes to make his fourth career final appearance and first since last years Grand Prix Hassan II. Coric has seven career wins over top-10 players, one of which came this year in Doha against Pablo Carreno Busta. This is the first time Coric has reached the semifinals of a Masters 1000 tournament. Coric has won seven of his last eight matches on hard court.
Roger Federer is coming off a straight sets win over Hyeon Chung that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Federer won 70 percent of his first serve points and 57 percent of his second serve points. Federer made light work of the rising star by dominating his serve and winning 47 percent of his return points. It’s the same song and dance with Federer, who continues to separate himself in matches whenever his opponent creates the slightest little opening. You have to play perfect tennis to beat Federer these days. Federer has won 10 of his last 11 semifinal appearances. Federer hopes to make his third final appearance of the year and the 147th of his career. Federer has won 16 straight matches on hard court.
These two have played once, which was back in 2015 in Dubai, a match Federer won in straight sets. The match took 15 games to be decided.
I’ve said it for about two years straight, I’m not betting against Federer until he gives me a reason to. He’s been the best player in tennis and wins pretty much all of the big points in every match to eventually pull away. Federer is simply in another zone right now, and it’s going to take a special performance from an experienced player in order to break that groove he has going. Coric is really talented, but he’s still young and has those hiccups each set that Federer will pounce on and use to pull away.
Federer reaches the Indian Wells final for the eighth time in his career and in his fourth straight appearance.