◼️ The Swiss defeated the French Chardy 7-5 and 6-4 in 1h:22. He is already in the quarterfinals, where he will face the Korean Chung. If he wins he will leave Indian Wells as leader of the ranking.
Without being disturbed by the bravery and the packaging that Jeremy Chardy showed (31 years and 100 of the world), Roger Federer defeated the Frenchman today 7-5 and 6-4 in one hour and 22 minutes, and is one victory away from keep number one. He is already in the quarterfinals, where he will face the Korean Hyeon Chung (the rematch of the Australian Open semifinals), and if he wins he will leave Indian Wells as leader of the ATP ranking, because he will have recovered many of the points he defended as current champion and will be placed with 9,420, 50 more than the 9.370 that Rafa Nadal accumulates.
Chung (21 years and 26th), who crushed Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas 6-1 and 6-3 in 1h: 19, could not face Federer in Melbourne because of some blisters that left his right foot unable to continue. That day, destroyed, retired when losing by 6-1 and 5-3. This time he arrives without apparent discomfort and is very dangerous because of its impudence and its physical display. Winner in the NextGen ATP Finals, he has a lot to gain and little to lose to the toughest opponent.
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Federer’s victory is the 60th that he achieves in the Coachella Valley, where he reaches the quarter for the twelfth time. The Swiss only lost three points with his serve in the first round, which he resolved with a break to get 6-5 in favor and service. In the second, with more confidence, temporized to knock down for the third time in his career a brave opponent who could not beat him, not even with a spectacular willy in the best exchange of the game. It would have been just that he had taken the point, but there was the Genie of Basel ready to sentence with a subtle blow next to the net. So insurmountable that he didn’t offer a single break option to Chardy. Let’s see who can stop Roger. The young Chung? We will see.