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Federer, Del Potro and Halep meet in Indian Wells

Ⓒ GETTY IMAGES/AFP – Matthew Stockman – | Swiss tennis player Roger Federer plays Frenchman Jéremy Chardy in the fourth round of the Indian Wells tournament in California (USA) on March 14, 2018

The Swiss Roger Federer, the Argentine Juan Martin del Potro and the Romanian Simona Halep met the predictions on Wednesday and advanced in Indian Wells in a day in which the Spanish Navy was left with only one representative.

Federer, first in the world rankings, followed his path to the title firmly with a convincing victory in the fourth round against Frenchman Jérémy Chardy.

At 36, the Swiss did not give up any game with his serve and beat the Frenchman in straight sets of 7-5, 6-4 after one hour and 22 minutes of play.

Not even the strong wind in Stadium 1 could with the Swiss, current winner of the tournament.

“We played a good game most of the time despite the wind, I enjoyed it,” he said after the crash.

For his part, Del Potro surpassed his compatriot Leonardo Mayer in three sets, but suffered physical discomfort that hampered him throughout the game.

The “Torre de Tandil”, sixth seed, complained on numerous occasions of pain in his back but ended up winning by 3-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-3 in two and a half hours before Mayer who, At 30, he was playing the best Indian Wells of his career.

“I am a bit tired, with a little discomfort in the back, it is a little harder for me to play because of the series of matches I have been having, but that is good news,” said Delpo to the AFP after the game. .

Ⓒ GETTY IMAGES/AFP – Matthew Stockman – | The Argentine Juan Martin del Potro responds to a ball of his compatriot Leonardo Mayer during a match of the Masters 1000 of Indian Wells, California (USA), on March 14, 2018

“It was a good game, it was hard, playing against Juan Martín is difficult, he is a very good player and when you make a mistake in a game then you pay him,” Mayer explained in an interview with AFP.

Federer will face South Korea’s Hyeon Chung (N.21), who beat incontestable 6-1, 6-3 Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas (N.30) in the morning, while Del Potro will face him. German Philipp Kohlschreiber (N.31).

The Spanish Navy lost its only two male representatives, Feliciano López (N.28) and Pablo Carreño Busta (N.11), who succumbed to local Sam Querrey (N.18) and South African Kevin Anderson (N.7) respectively.

– Halep, two steps from the title –

The number one of the WTA, the Romanian Simona Halep, resisted the attacks of the Croatian Petra Martic and was one step away from the final of the tournament.

The Romanian, 26, who was against the ropes in the last round, managed to break the serve of his rival twice to turn around the marker and end up winning by 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3 in two hours and 23 minutes of play.

“I fought until the end, today I do not know how I managed to win but I ended up winning,” he said after the crash.

Now, the first seed of the championship will face in the penultimate instance the Japanese Naomi Osaka, who surprised 6-2, 6-3 to the Czech Karolina Pliskova (N.5).

This Thursday, the Spanish Carla Suárez (N.27) will look for a gap in semis against favorite Venus Williams (N.8), in one of the highlights of the day.

– Results of the Wednesday day of the Indian Wells tennis tournament:

– Male (4th round):

Roger Federer (SUI / N.1) defeated Jérémy Chardy (FRA) 7-5, 6-4

Hyeon Chung (KOR / N.23) to Pablo Cuevas (URU / N.30) 6-1, 6-3

Borna Coric (CRO) to Taylor Fritz (USA) 6-2, 6-7 (6/8), 6-4

Kevin Anderson (RSA / N.7) to Pablo Carreño-Busta (ESP / N.11) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8/6)

Sam Querrey (USA / N.18) to Feliciano Lopez (ESP / N.28) 6-3, 6-4

Juan Martín Del Potro (ARG / N.6) to Leonardo Mayer (ARG) 3-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-3

Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER / N.31) to Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) 6-4, 7-6 (7/1)

Milos Raonic (CAN / N.32) to Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) by default

– Feminine (quarterfinals):

Simona Halep (ROM / N.1) to Petra Martic (CRO) 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3

Naomi Osaka (JPN) to Karolína Plíšková (CZE / N.5) 6-2, 6-3

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