The No. 1 player in the ATP Rankings matched his best start on Thursday at the BNP Paribas Open, improving to 16-0 in 2018 with a 7-5, 6-1 victory against Hyeon Chung of South Korea. I don't even remember what tournament I played first up and won!
Coric appeared to have a response to everything as he again rescued a break point in his next service game but, roared on by a partisan crowd, it was third time lucky for Federer, who was able to level the set at 4-4 and then ruthlessly punish the reeling youngster when he next served to take the match to a decider.
Kasatkina faced seven-time Grand Slam victor Venus Williams, who defeated Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 6-3, 6-2, in the semi-finals this morning.
The final four is set at the first Masters event of the season at Indian Wells.
Asked if she was exhausted, Williams said, "She just played better at the end". When it comes to being rewarded for having booked a spot in the next phase of the tournament, Federer won twice.
Williams took 71 minutes to put away Suarez Navarro for the fourth straight time on Thursday.
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"So it's nice to see him back in the top 10 and making big strides now, and I think he's going to have a great season". She led love-30 on Kasatkina's serve in the next game before her forehand deserted her. However, Chung broke back to make it 3-2 and hung tough in the first serve and had the opportunity to force a tiebreak. She defeated No. 31 Agnieszka Radwanska and No. 5 Karolina Pliskova on her way to the final, dropping just one set in six matches.
"I'm happy to be maintaining my level and I'm happy for Venus Williams reaching deep into the tournament easily". Haas, who turned professional in 1996, reached the Australian Open semi-finals three times - in 1999, 2002 and 2007 - as well as the last-four at Wimbledon in 2009. Chung is expected to rise to a career high of No. 23 on Monday. A potential success in Indian Wells might give Federer some extra space.
"I was aggressive and I was pushing him to the limits, but at the end he was better player", Coric said. "In the evening, something special is coming from here, from the heart".
Williams rallied from 3-1 down to win the first set.
But the occasion started to weigh on the young gun, who produced untimely errors to open the door for Federer. Osaka's victims have included Maria Sharapova, No. 31 Agnieszka Radwanska and No. 5 Karolina Pliskova.