Novak Djokovic and American John Isner cruised into the last four of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells with straight-sets wins in the quarter-finals, while in the women’s draw Flavia Pennetta stunned Australian Open champion Li Na to set up a final date with Agnieszka Radwanska.
Djokovic is especially eager to hoist the trophy at Indian Wells, where he’s a two-time champion. He took a step toward that goal with a 6-1, 6-3 quarterfinal victory against Julien Benneteau in just over an hour on Friday.
Dolgopolov shook up the draw at Indian Wells, California after beating Spain’s Rafael Nadal, 6-3 3-6 7-6(5) in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open 2014. Nadal was the top seed in the prestigious tournament at Indian Wells, California.
After two more wins against higher-seeded players the Ukrainian found himself in the semifinals against yet another top seed and popular player: Roger Federer.
Federer defeated Dolgoplov, 6-4, 5-2 (retired) in the pair’s only head-to-head meeting in their career in 2010.
When asked of the rise of the lower seeds, it appeared that the former best player in the world knows about the challenge and is prepared to face them.
“Well, they have to prove it. I mean, one tournament doesn’t do it all for me yet. I mean, it’s nice they believe more in it, and it’s nice that they take Stan (Wawrinka) as an inspiration. That’s great. That’s what it’s supposed to be,” said Federer after his quarterfinals win over Kenny Anderson of South Africa.
Isner fired 13 aces to beat 20th-seeded Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3). Isner was broken twice to fall behind 4-2 in the second set, but broke back to level the score at 5-all and then dominated the tiebreaker.
“I had all my energy going for me,” he said. “I know I have those serves in my arsenal. It’s just a matter of me pulling them out and I went for them.”
The American is projected to return to the top 10 in Monday’s ATP Tour rankings, the first time he has been there since September 2012.
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