Federer Defeats Chung to Reach BNP Paribas Open Semifinals – Roger Federer matched his best start to a season Thursday night, when he defeated 21-year-old Hyeon Chung 7-5 6-1 to advance to the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open. The Swiss maestro got off to a quick start, breaking Chung early and taking a 3-0 lead. He would be broken back however, and the first set played out on serve, until 6-5, when Federer broke serve again to clinch the set. After a long opening service game, the 5-time BNP Paribas Open champion broke the South Korean’s serve, and never looked back.
The best front runner in the game raced through the second set, as legend Rod Laver, as well as 14-time grand slam champion Pete Sampras, and Bill Gates (Federer’s philanthropic partner) watched on. By reaching the semifinals, Federer assures himself of the world #1 ranking through the Miami Open, which extends his record reign to 308 weeks. The 36-year-old Swiss is now 16-0 in 2018, which matches his best start to a season (16-0 in 2006). His other best starts to a season are 12-0 in 2007, 11-0 in 2004, 10-0 in 2005 and 2011, and 8-0 in 2002 and 2017.