Indian Wells - Grand Slam record winner Roger Federer has once again demonstrated his brilliant form this season and made it to the semi-finals at the ATP tournament in Indian Wells, California. The Swiss tennis star prevailed in the quarterfinals against Juan Martin del Potro smooth in two sets with 6: 3, 6: 2 by. Federer needed just 69 minutes for his triumph and also won the fourth game against the Argentinian this year without losing a set.
In the semifinals, it comes to the giant duel with the permanent Rafael Nadal, but in his quarterfinals, however, had much more trouble than Federer. The Spaniard had to fight 2:40 hours before the 4: 6, 7: 5, 6: 4 victory against the seeded David Nalbandian (Argentina) was perfect. In the third set Nadal almost lost a 5-2 lead and had to fend off two chances to break at the score of 5: 4. The 25-year-old Majorcan spoke after the game of "a difficult match", but quickly focused on the 28th duel with Federer.
"Playing against Roger is always something special because I'm probably playing against the best in history, " said Nadal after moving into the semi-final. In the final clash of the two superstars, the Spaniard kept the upper hand: In the semi-finals of the Australian Open Nadal won in a high-class match with 6: 7, 6: 2, 7: 6, 6: 4 and leads in direct duel with the major record winner 18: 9 successes.
Federer, however, is currently in top form. The 30-year-old has lost twice this season as a loser and has recently won the tournaments in Rotterdam and Dubai. Also against del Potro made the "FedExpress" short process, beat 13 aces and took from the ranked nine Argentines three times the service. "That was a great match, " Federer said after the match. In the second semi-final of the 5.536 million dollar tournament, world number one Novak Djokovic (No. 1) and local hero John Isner (11) meet.