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Roger Federer Sails Past Resilient Hurkacz To Reach Indian Wells Semis

Roger Federer is into another BNP Paribas Open semi-final after beating Hubert Hurkacz on Friday morning.

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Roger Federer eased his way past a resilient Hubert Hurkacz 6-4 6-4 to reach the Indian Wells semi-finals. 

A couple of clinical breaks was enough to seal Federer’s place in the semi-finals against Hurkacz, who was only in his second ATP Quarter-Final.

The 73 minute win means that the 37 year-old continues to shine in the Californian desert as he reaches the last four in Indian Wells.

It also could mean that Roger Federer could face his rival Rafael Nadal yet again as the Spaniard takes on Karen Khachanov later today.

Having reached his first ever Masters 1000 quarter-final, Hurkacz showed no signs of early nerves as he held serve fairly comfortably in the early exchanges.

A practice session in Shanghai last year meant that Federer knew a little bit about the Pole and used his first two service games to find some rhythm.

Eventually the 20 time grand slam champion stepped up in gears and earned the break in the fifth game after a few unforced errors from Hurkacz.

Some good net play saw the 22 year-old try to rally back and some improvisation certainly help lift the crowd, who may have never seen him play before.

In the end though Federer wrapped up the first set in 31 minutes on his second set point. The second set started in similar fashion as an easy game on paper proved difficult from Federer.

After earning a break point, Federer once again showed his clinical edge to get the early break in the third game. However Federer didn’t get everything his own way as Hurkacz started to create a couple of break point opportunities.

The lack of experience showed though as the Pole missed a couple of easy shots as he couldn’t break down the Federer barrier.

In the end Federer’s class told as he converted his first match point to book his place in the last four at Indian Wells.

After the match the fourth seed praised the Pole for his performance and looked ahead to a possible Nadal showdown, “It was very tough. I see what Hubert has that made him beat other great guys,” Federer explained. “A Fedal match is probably more exciting for the fans than for Rafa and me. But it’s still a big thing for the tour.”

A great week by Hurkacz who continues his rise and will climb to 53 in the world after wins over the likes of Kei Nishikori and Denis Shapovalov.

However it’s Federer who will meet either Karen Khachanov or Rafael Nadal in tomorrow’s semi-finals.

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Tomas Berdych Suffers Another Setback After Miami Open Withdrawal

Tomas Berdych has had to withdraw from the Miami Open after suffering a back injury.

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Tomas Berdych has suffered another injury setback after withdrawing from the Miami Open this week. 

The former Wimbledon finalist received a setback to his comeback after withdrawing from his first round match with Bernard Tomic due to a back injury.

Had Berdych won his first round match he would have played Novak Djokovic in the second round but his latest injury setback means that potential match-up will not happen.

Speaking on Twitter the Czech Republican explained that he needed time to recover from his back injury, “Not a good day in the office, unfortunately, I have had to pull out from my first round match,” Berdych said.

“My back is not in the 100% conditions and I have to be careful with my decisions. Need time to recover and be strong again.”

After reaching the Doha final, Montpellier semi-finals and the fourth round at the Australian Open, this is an untimely setback for Berdych who was hoping to reach the heights of 2013 once again.

As a result of his withdrawal Bernard Tomic will play a qualifier or Lucky Loser tomorrow in the first round.

Tipsarevic’s Emotional Return 

In early Miami Open results, Janko Tipsarevic made an emotional return to the ATP Tour with a 6-3 6-3 win over Bradley Klahn.

The Serbian, who has had his injuries, broke the American four times to reach the second round at the new Miami venue.

A match with Roberto Bautista Agut awaits for Tipsarevic next who will be eagerly-awaiting the challenge. There were also wins for Argentinian duo Federico Delbonis and Guido Andreozzi as well as Roberto Carballes Baena.

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Bianca Andreescu becomes the youngest WTA Premier Mandatory champion at Indian Wells

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Canadian 18-year-old Bianca Andreescu edged past Angelique Kerber 6-4 3-6 6-4 to become the youngest WTA Premier Mandatory champion and the fourth youngest winner at Indian Wells behind Martina Hingis, Serena Williams and Monica Seles.

Bianca Andreescu has won her maiden WTA title. With this win she has won 28 of her 31 matches this season and becomes the first wild-card to win the Indian Wells title.

Andreescu started the first set with an immediate break on her fourth break point chance in the opening game after Kerber’s second double fault. The Canadian teenager held her serve with a hold of serve at 15 to open up a 2-0 lead.

In the third game Andreescu hit a forehand slice to draw level to 30-30, but Kerber held her serve for 1-2, as Andreescu sent her forehand wide.

Andreescu held her serve at 30 in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead. The teenager got to 30-all on Kerber’s serve, but the German player hit a big forehand and held her serve for 2-3. In the sixth game Andreescu hit a forehand winner to earn a game point and held her serve with her first ace. Andreescu made a double fault at 30-15 in the 10th game but she held her serve to close out the first set 6-4 in 40 minutes. Kerber won all her points on her second serve, compared to Kerber’s 55%. The German player made 14 unforced errors in the first set.

In the second set Andreeu got to 30-30, but she hit her backhand into the net to hold serve for 1-1. In the best game of the match Kerber saved two break points to hold her serve for 2-1. Andreescu battled hard to hold her serve but Kerber came back from 30-40 down to convert her only break point of the set after two deuces thanks to a forehand error from Andreescu. The player consolidated the break with a hold at 30 to open up a 4-1 lead. Kerber held her next service games to close out the second set 6-3.

Andreescu opened the third set with a hold at 30 to take a 1-0 lead. The Canadian held serve in the third game at deuce for 2-1, but she missed a chance for a break point, when she netted a short forehand. Andreescu required medical treatment on her arm after the third game.

Kerber converted her second break point to take a 3-2 lead, when Andreescu hit a shot into the net. Andreescu broke straight back at 15 to draw level to 3-3 and held serve at love for 4-3. The Canadian got the second consecutive break on her second break point chance in the eighth game to earn her chance to serve for the match, but Kerber saved three championship points to break back in the ninth game on return at deuce, when Andreescu hit her drop-shot into the net.

Andreescu closed out the match with another break in the 10th game on her fourth championhip point. She hit a forehand winner at 30-30 and closed out the match, when Kerber hit the net, and fell to the ground in celebration.

“I would like to congratulate Angelique Kerber for an amazing tournament. It was amazing to share the court with you today. You are an incredible champion and an inspiration. Hopefully this moment can be an inspiration for many young athletes because, like I always say, if you believe in yourself anything is possible. My mother told me throughout the years ‘if you work hard, you dream to get big. Then you can accomplish so many things and that’s what I’ve been doing throughout. This moment has become a reality and it’s really crazy. To my team – thank you for being there for me throughout so many years. It’s really means so much to share this moment right now”, said Andreescu.

 Angelique Kerber congratulated with Andreescu on her amazing week in the post match speech.

“I would like to say congratulations to Bianca for your unbelievable tournament, for your win here. You played amazing during the whole tournament and you really deserved to win the title”, said Kerber.

 

 

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Rafael Nadal Withdraws From Federer Clash With Knee Injury, Withdraws From Miami

Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from his BNP Paribas Open semi-final with Roger Federer due to a knee injury.

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Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from his Indian Wells semi-final with Roger Federer after suffering a right knee injury.

The Spaniard injured his during his 7-6(2) 7-6(2) win over Karen Khachanov in the quarter-finals. As a result he has also withdrawn from next week’s Miami Open.

It was reported that Nadal had a 15 minute practice before a 10 minute conversation with his team where they made the decision to withdraw from the semi-final.

After the announcement Nadal emphasised his disappointment at the withdrawal, “I wanted to try my best to be competitive, but during the warmup I felt my knee was not good enough for the level I need to play,” Nadal explained.

“It’s tough for me to accept all these things that I’m going through in my career. Sometimes I feel sad because I’m in a disadvantage to all my opponents. 

[I need to] be positive and grateful for all the things tennis has given to me. I feel fortunate for all the things I’ve done in my life and the world of tennis.”

It is a bitterly disappointing setback for Nadal who would’ve been hoping to close the gap between him and Novak Djokovic at the top of the rankings.

Next for the Spaniard will be Monte-Carlo in mid-April after also announcing his withdrawal from next week’s Miami Open, “The plan for the clay season is Monte-Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid, Roma and Roland Garros. That has been my calendar throughout my career and I hope to be able to complete it one more time.”

As for Roger Federer, he will now play either Dominic Thiem or Milos Raonic in tomorrow’s final as he looks to win his sixth title in California.

 

 

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