Federer advances to quarter-finals; Halep reaches semifinals

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World No.1 Roger Federer continued his winning run as he entered the quarter-final berth in Indian Wells by defeating Jeremy Chardy 7-5, 6-4 on Wednesday.

The 36-year-old legend won his 20th grand slam title by winning Australian Open in January this year. He is off one of his strongest careers starts with a 15 match winning streak.

It is his best start to the season since 2006. He started 16-0 and went on to win 33 of 34 matches.

Federer said,” It has been great. It is a totally different year, and so many years after that.”

“For so many years I have felt good actually in Australia already. I don’t know if it’s Australia per se or, taking the benefits from the hard work I put into the new season. “

Federer who is looking for his sixth Indian Wells title will face South Korea’s Chung Hyeon on Wednesday. He won seven titles in 2017 that includes Halle, Miami, Shanghai, Basel, Australian Open, Wimbledon and Indian Wells.

Halep reaches semifinals

World No.1 Simona Halep entered the semifinal by defeating Petra Martic on Wednesday.  She needed two hours and 23 minutes to beat the Croatian. The 26-year Halep’s tally stands at 18-1 in 2018.

“It was difficult conditions to play in today because of the wind,” she said. “She had a tough game. I don’t know how I won, but I won. I just fought and that’s maybe why I won because I refuse to lose.”

Halep will continue to be No.1 at the end of the event after Caroline Wozniacki was eliminated after losing to Daria Kasatkina on Tuesday.

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