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Indian Wells Flashback: Roger Federer fires 37 winners to topple Hyeon Chung

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Hyeon Chung was among the most prominent players born in 1996. The Korena claimed the inaugural ATP Next Gen Finals trophy in 2017 and reached the Australian Open semi-final a few months later. Hyeon was the 23rd seed in Indian Wells 2018, and he scored four victories to advance into the quarter-final.

Roger Federer stood between the youngster and a place in the semis, and the Swiss produced a 7-5, 6-1 victory in an hour and 23 minutes. Roger took 17 points more than Hyeon, defending five out of six break points and turning almost half of the return points into four breaks from seven opportunities.

Federer fired 37 winners and errors (both forced and unforced), while Chung had 18 winners and 32 errors. The youngster stayed in touch until the opening set’s closing stages before Federer took charge and stormed over his rival in the rest of the clash.

Roger Federer defeated Hyeon Chung in the 2018 Indian Wells quarter-final.

The Swiss had a 44-32 advantage in the shortest range up to four strokes and built a 28-23 lead in the more advanced ones to emerge at the top and reach the semis.

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Roger fired three winners in the opening game and claimed five straight points on the return in game two to secure a break with a forehand lob winner. In the third game, the Swiss blasted four service winners to confirm the lead.

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The Korean got his name on the scoreboard with an unreturned serve in game four. Roger got broken in the fifth game from 40-15 up, losing ground a bit and allowing the rival to return to the positive side of the scoreboard.

Federer grabbed the seventh game with four winners, and they both served well in the next three games to lock the result at 5-5. Roger secured the 11th game with an unreturned serve and clinched the set with a break in game 12.

Hyeon sprayed four errors to ruin his hard work from the previous games and send Roger 7-5 ahead in 46 minutes. The Swiss fended off four break chances at the beginning of the second set, three with winners, and brought it home after a 24-stroke exchange.

Chung sprayed four errors in the second game to give serve away and fall further behind. Roger held at love in game three and fired four service winners in the fifth for 4-1. Federer pushed strong on the return again in game six and seized the third break chance after Chung’s double fault to extend the lead.

Serving for the victory at 5-1, Roger erased a break chance and sealed the deal with two aces for a place in the semi-final

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