Down a set and trailing 4-2 in the second, Federer had to claw his way back from the brink of defeat. In the third set he fell behind again 4-3 but won the final 11 points of the match to claim the victory. Federer clinched the match when Coric hit a shot wide. The ball was called out but Coric challenged and after the video review the original call was confirmed. "Borna was incredibly steady," Federer said. "Those 10 minutes when I was down a set and a break it was hard for me to accept. "I got a bit lucky. It was a good match."
Federer does it! The World No. 1 wins his 17th straight match to start the season, a personal best, advancing to the final at Indian Wells in which he'll attempt to win a record sixth @BNPPARIBASOPEN ?— ATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) March 17, 2018
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Federer had not dropped a set (8-0) entering the semi-final. But he looked out of sorts in the opening set Saturday as Croatia's Coric took it handily. The match was played under difficult conditions with winds swirling around the main stadium. Federer said he had to be conservative with his shotmaking to get back in it. "At some point you are happy with very little," Federer said.
Back from the Fed— BNP Paribas Open (@BNPPARIBASOPEN) March 17, 2018
World No. 1 Roger Federer battles back from behind to win three-set thriller over Borna Coric 5-7 6-4 6-4.
He’s through to his historic *EIGHTH* Indian Wells final. #BNPPO18 pic.twitter.com/rQrmodB9yZ
Federer is 18-6 lifetime against Del Potro, having rallied to win the last two contests in three sets, including a 6-7 (5/7), 6-4, 6-3 victory in the championship game last year in Federer's hometown of Basel. Federer said he is expecting another gruelling war of attrition with the Argentinian.
That Delpo stare.— BNP Paribas Open (@BNPPARIBASOPEN) March 15, 2018
Juan Martin del Potro wins his *EIGHTH* match in a row to move into the final eight here, with a 3-6 7-6(2) 6-3 victory over countryman Leonardo Mayer
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"We have had a lot of close matches. Big matches, close matches," he said. "Jeez, I just tried to think back at the French Open semis, US Open finals, Olympic semis, Basel finals. Just three-setters, five-setters the whole way," said Federer. Del Potro said he will be the underdog against Federer. "He's the favorite to win tomorrow," Del Potro said. "But I beat him in the past, and I know I can repeat that. But it is not easy."
Juan-derful display.— BNP Paribas Open (@BNPPARIBASOPEN) March 17, 2018
Juan Martin Del Potro in scorching form, beats Milos Raonic 6-2 6-3 to win his 10th consecutive match on tour. Into second career Indian Wells final
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