Roger Federer vs Hyeon Chung ATP Indian Wells tennis Preview, Predictions and Live Stream: Federer and Chung meet again in a repeat of their Australian Open semi

Leye Aduloju in ATP 15 Mar 2018
  • Roger Federer vs Hyeon Chung is live from Indian Wells on Thursday, 15 March from 7:00pm local time/ 3:00am BST on Friday, 16 March
  • Federer can equal his best start to an ATP season with victory over Chung
  • The Swiss also needs to win to retain his No. 1 ranking post-Indian Wells
  • Watch and bet on tennis live from Indian Wells at Unibet > live streaming > tennis
Roger Federer. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Roger Federer and Hyeon Chung meet in the quarter finals of the BNP Paribas Open- in a repeat of their Australian Open last-four meeting.

Roger Federer vs Hyeon Chung ATP BNP Paribas tennis is live from Indian Wells on Thursday, 15 March from 7:00pm local time/ 3:00am DST on Friday, 16 March
Watch and bet on tennis live from Indian Wells at Unibet > live streaming > tennis

Federer had dominated that Australian Open semi-final, leading 6-1 5-2 before Chung retired hurt after being treated for blisters on his left foot. Now fit again, can the Korean youngster be more competitive and possibly inflict a first defeat of the season on the great Swiss?

Victory for Federer will move his 2018 record to 16-0, equaling his best start to an ATP season, set in 2006. Federer is looking to reach the Indian Wells semi-final for the eleventh time in his 17 main draw appearances, and should he go all the way to claim the title, it would be a record-breaking sixth crown for the great Swiss.

Federer’s quarter-final against Chung also holds plenty of significance in the world rankings, as victory for the defending champion will grant him a semi-final berth- the minimum requirement to keep him at No. 1 post-Indian Wells. If Federer falls before the last four, he will be overtaken by Rafael Nadal on top of the rankings.

However, the great Swiss has apparently forgotten how to lose, opening his 2018 campaign with victory at the Australian Open, before adding the Rotterdam title to his collection in the week when he reclaimed the No. 1 ranking. Federer has continued his imperious form at Indian Wells, starting with a 6-3 7-6 victory over Federico Delbonis, before blowing away Filip Krajinovic in the third round. The world number one was tested by a brave Jeremy Chardy in the fourth round, but Federer struck late in both sets to complete a 7-5 6-4 victory over the Frenchman to register his ninth straight win at Indian Wells, dating back to last year’s success.

“You can't plan for these runs to happen. Either they happen or they don't. Sometimes you need a bit of luck to keep the runs going. And this year it's just been really good, solid matches,” Federer said. “We'll see how long it lasts really. This might be the last day. So, we'll see. It's just how it goes. Don't jinx it.”

Looking to halt the charging Federer in his tracks is Korean youngster, Hyeon Chung, who has continued his fine season by advancing to his first Masters 1000 quarter final.


Prior to 2018, Hyeon Chung had never won a match at Indian Wells- he was beaten by Albert Ramos-Vinolas in his only previous appearance in 2016, but in keeping with his rapid rise this season, the Next Gen ATP champion has strung together a fantastic run of results that have included victories over Dusan Lajovic, Tomas Berdych and Pablo Cuevas. Chung was particularly severe on Cuevas, dismissing the Uruguayan 6-1 6-3 after an hour and 20 minutes. The Korean actually led 6-1 5-1; and needed ten match points before closing out the win.

“It was a really tough match against Pablo. I had a lot of chances to finish, like, 6-1, 5-love up. I had a few match points but it started getting windy and he was playing good. So I'm just happy to win 6-3,” Chung said.

Chung has now reached the quarter finals or better in his last five tournaments, starting in Auckland, and followed by that superb semi-final run at the Australian Open, where he took out Alexander Zverev and Novak Djokovic before falling to Federer. 

Hyeon Chung. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
The 21-year-old also made the quarter finals at Delray Beach and Acapulco; and has continued his consistent form at Indian Wells. Chung currently occupies a career-high ranking of No. 26; and has inched further towards a top-20 spot with his performances in California. It seems just a matter of time before he breaks that barrier.

Chung is always rising by the week, and I suspect Thursday’s reunion with Federer will be a lot closer than their Australian Open meeting in January. That Melbourne score-line certainly didn’t do the Korean’s abilities any justice, and he will be keen to put on a performance in his second shot at the great Federer. Having said that, Federer is on a 15-0 run for the season for a reason- he has simply forgotten how to lose. Chung will acquit himself better than he did in Melbourne, but the mastery of Federer should shine through in the end, with the Swiss claiming the win, and taking away all the aforementioned accolades that come with it.

Roger Federer vs Hyeon Chung is live from Indian Wells on Thursday, 15 March from 7:00pm local time/ 3:00am BST on Friday, 16 March


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Roger Federer vs Hyeon Chung ATP Indian Wells tennis Preview, Predictions and Live Stream: Federer and Chung meet again in a repeat of their Australian Open semi

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