6: 4, 6: 4! Roger Federer made an effort to enter the Indian Wells semi-final against Hubert Hurkacz. Is this the 39th meeting with Raphael Nadal?
"Mr. Nightsession" is not used to being an early mouth, but for his quarter-finals against Hubert Hurkacz (ATP 67), Roger Federer has to leave his flat last Friday in the Indian Vells tennis paradise. Heat, test – at 11 am local time standing at the Center.
Federer is awake from the beginning. He needs one or two games to adapt to the fast service of 1.96m of Poland. He is not so shy in the field as in his interviews, where he sits on the podium as an uncertain schoolboy during a lecture. However, Roger shows a 22-year Hurkacz lesson in the first set: Already at the score 2: 2 he uses the first ball and hits. He plays aggressively, sometimes hurries into the net, gets "Chip and Charge" and "Saber" from his repertoire – and runs for sure after exactly an hour to 6: 4.
Family and friends – including the legend of Rod Laver and Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates – watch Roger continue his attack. The pre-breakout breaks to 2: 1. Although he still has to defend the two breakballs, in the end his semi-final draw is equally convincing with 6: 4 after 73 minutes, as well as all the previous rounds on this Masters 1000 event: no loss set, without a tight break, with only one t stop against yourself in the tournament.
"We'll see a lot about him," Federer predicted as his young opponent. The performances of the 37-year-old, however, must be taken to the greatest possible extent, as long as they exist, because: "Of course, it's not in years to be on the go." roger. Just because she has her family, that's possible. "After all, I want to see my wife Mirko and the children as much as possible. We thank the organizers for making this experience so fantastic. »
Semi Final Classic
The five-time winner of the Indian Wells is again in the California desert in the semifinals. Another step away from the chance to redeem for his bitter last year's defeat of the balls for the match against Juan Martin del Portro.
His semi-final opponent will be determined in the next few hours – between Rafael Nadal and Karen Khachanov. The 22-year-old Russian world number 13 should be a more serious obstacle for the Spaniard of Hurkac for Switzerland. But Nadal will not lack the support of the fans – everyone wants to see Roger vs. Rafe!
This tennis classic has been played 38 times (23:15 for Nadal). But not in autumn 2017 in Shanghai. They never met in 2018 or even participated in the same tournament – Federer missed the sand season or Nadal was injured.