After failing to chase the titles in Doha and Melbourne at the start of 2012, Roger Federer found his form in February. The Swiss conquered Rotterdam and Dubai and wished for more in Indian Wells. Roger defeated Juan Martin del Potro in the quarter-final to set the semi-final duel against Rafael Nadal.
Federer toppled Milos Raonic and Thomaz Bellucci and arranged the quarter-final meeting with the 9th seed Juan Martin del Potro. Roger beat Juan Martin 6-3, 6-2 in swift 70 minutes to notch his seventh Indian Wells semi-final.
It was the 13th meeting between two great rivals and the 11th triumph for Roger. He ousted the Argentine for the fifth straight time and already the fourth in 2012 after the Australian Open, Rotterdam and Dubai! Federer saved all three break chances and mounted the pressure on the other side.
The Swiss converted 14 return points into six break opportunities.
Roger seized three to seal the deal quickly and set the clash against his old rival.
The Swiss had 27 winners and 20 unforced errors. He reduced his opponent to under ten winners after controlling the pace from start to finish with a more reliable performance in the decisive moments. The opening game lasted 11 minutes, and Roger fended off two break chances to avoid an early setback.
He earned a break at 15 in game two with a volley winner to forge the advantage and gain momentum. A service winner pushed Federer 3-0 in front, enough to bring him the set. Del Potro produced three consecutive holds at love after losing serve but could not earn chances on the return.
Roger wrapped up the opener with a booming serve in game nine for 6-3 and a boost. Federer delivered another break at the start of the second set with a sharp forehand winner. He cemented the advantage with an unreturned serve in game two and took a massive step toward the finish line.
The Swiss closed the fourth game with three winners and fired another from his forehand to grab another break that sent him 4-1 in front. Flying over the court, Roger wrapped up the sixth game in 65 seconds thanks to four direct points and served for the victory at 5-2.
Federer fended off a break chance with a smash winner and sealed the deal with a smash winner that sent him into the semi-final against Rafael Nadal.
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