Federer won the Australian Open in January and has regained the No. 1 ranking. Haas, who turned professional in 1996, reached the Australian Open semi-finals three times - in 1999, 2002 and 2007 - as well as the last-four at Wimbledon in 2009.
"I guess I had a similar good start to the year".
"It was hard conditions to play in today because of the wind", she said. "Really happy for her that she's really consistently easily making all these semis and finals and winning tournaments".
The world no 1 is heading into his 61st Masters 1000 semi-final on the back of a 7-5, 6-1 demolition of South Korea's Chung Hyeon in Friday's last-eight tie.
It looked as though the Swiss veteran was going to do it easy after breaking Chung in the first game of their quarter-final match, but the South Korean broke back later in the set.
"I should have lost a match", Federer said to media.
"I think we have an interesting matchup, you know".
But despite playing below his usual standards, the 20-times grand slam champion was able to eek out victory by finding his serving rhythm and winning the biggest points of the match as nerves finally caught up with Coric.
Against Cuevas, Chung dominated in racing to a 6-1, 5-0 lead before Cuevas fought off seven match points to break back in the sixth game.
Switzerland's Federer recalls parts of that streak but not all the tournaments he played in to get there.
"That was a tough mach. Chung is a tough return player", said Roger Federer at the post match conference at the Indian Wells.
This was the world number one's 17th consecutive win to start the year - the best such run of his career - but no previous opponent has tested him like Coric did in California on Saturday. In the victory, Federer won 68 percent of his first serve points and 60 percent of his second serve points. "So I'm just somebody who is also playing tennis". To my parents, family, wife and children, thank you for all the love and support that you gave me over the years. "Everything what I showed today I was doing on the practices, so was just playing, like, really calm". The German never managed a break point against Kasatkina's serve. His only defeat at the slams that season came against Rafael Nadal in the final of the French Open. Even though he couldn't match the effort in the second set, it was a better match than he gave the 20-time major victor last time.
The No. 8-seeded Williams kept building on her early-round win over sister Serena, on Thursday beating Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3, 6-2.
Osaka knocked off No. 5 Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-3.
Former world No. 2 Tommy Haas, who won 15 singles titles throughout his career, announced his retirement from the ATP Tour on Thursday. It's nice to see him in the building - he doesn't come to tennis much.
"I got a bit lucky".