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Roger Federer reached BNP Paribas Open final on Saturday with a hard-fought 5-7 6-4 6-4 victory over unseeded 21-year-old Borna Coric at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California.

The Swiss superstar survived a stern test from world No. 49 Coric but held on for a 17-0 record this year, surpassing his previous best start in a calendar year in 2006 when he had 16 wins.

"It took a while to get the record", Federer said.

"I went for my shots".

Federer lost the opening set 7-5 - the first set he has dropped all tournament - against the talented Croatian, who was pegged back in the second before breaking to love in the opening game of the third.

He recovered to claim the next two sets 6-4, 6-4 to record a 2-1 victory in this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event.

Roger Federer will take on Juan Martin del Potro in order to successfully defend his Masters 1000 crown at Indian Wells - considered as the fifth Grand Slam. The ball was called out but Coric challenged and after the video review the original call was confirmed.

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I think last couple of years he's been trying to recalibrate his game a little bit.

Juan Martin del Potro is fresh off of a semifinals win over Canadian tennis star Milos Raonic.

Del Potro is looking for his 22nd career and second straight ATP title in a row after winning earlier this month in Acapulco where he beat three top eight players in a row.

"It was surprising to see him [Raonic] serving not too hard, and I broke his serve very quick in both sets", he said. "It was an easier match than I expected".

"Roger is the favourite to win", said Del Potro, who shocked Federer in the 2009 final at Flushing Meadows. Six out of the world #1's past seven wins over Del Potro have required a final set, which shows us that the Argentine has been able to push the Swiss to the limit on a regular basis. "Big matches, close matches", he said. "It's basically an arm wrestle the whole time, and I think we enjoy that".

With Del Potro managing to comfortably disarm the serve of Raonic last night, the markets are quite bullish on his hopes of inflicting Federer's first defeat of 2018.

Del Potro is now on a 10-match winning streak, having triumphed at the Mexican Open earlier this month. "But I beat him in the past, and I know I can repeat that".

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