Federer was ruthless with his 21-year-old opponent on Thursday and took his unbeaten run this year to 16 matches, equalling his record from 12 years ago. "A great mover and has got a world of confidence".
Twenty-four year-old Roger Federer has nothing on 36-year-old Roger Federer. But I've said it before and I'll say it again, if you're betting against Federer in his current form, you're not very bright. I don't even remember what tournament I played first up and won.
An upset was on the cards when the speedy Coric used his ferocious backhand to take the first set off the Swiss, the first time defending champion Federer had dropped a set at Indian Wells in nine matches.
Chung had a break point opportunity in Federer's first service game in the second set, but couldn't convert.
Federer then came from behind to edge the third set of a compelling match and ensure there would be no repeat of Simona Halep's shock exit in the women's draw, with either Milos Raonic or Juan Martin del Potro now next up in the final.
After a few seasons quietly working his way up the world ranking, Chung has exploded onto the global tennis scene this season, reaching the quarterfinals in five consecutive tournaments, starting with the ASB Classic in New Zealand in January. "There will always be up and coming players", Federer said after his win over Chung, as quoted by the Express. The unseeded Croatian edged seventh-seeded South African Kevin Anderson 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3). Daria Kasatkina of Russian Federation and Naomi Osaka of Japan, both 20, will meet in the women's final on Sunday after knocking out several higher-ranked players along the way. Chung is projected to move up in the world ranking to No. 23, making him the highest ranked Asian player.
The 20-time men's singles Grand Slam champion was also full of praise for Venus Williams, who at 37, is ranked number eight in the world on the WTA Tour and has progressed to the semi-finals at Indian Wells.
He has won 39 of 43 sets this year and claimed titles at the Australian Open and the ATP event at Rotterdam. The most recent match was in Basel of previous year, a match Federer won in three sets. "I'm just trying to learn from Roger".
"I just play a lot of matches and get experience playing the best players and learning from them". But I think it had something to do with him rather than me. Besides Stephens and Australian Open victor Wozniacki, Kasatkina has beaten the other current Grand Slam titleholders in the past year: French Open victor Jelena Ostapenko and Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza.
Kasatkina said it wasn't time to elevate her to sainthood just yet.