Djokovic rolls past Benneteau

  • Last Updated: March 15 2014, 7:50 GMT

Novak Djokovic produced his most convincing display of the tournament to cruise past Julien Benneteau and into the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open for the fourth successive year.

Novak Djokovic: Eased past Julien Benneteau
Novak Djokovic: Eased past Julien Benneteau

The world number two arrived in Indian Wells without a tournament victory for the first season since 2006 and dropped sets in both his third and fourth-round matches.

But that never looked on the cards in the last eight as he thumped Frenchman Benneteau 6-1 6-3 in only 68 minutes.

Djokovic won the tournament in 2011 but has lost in the semi-finals on both his last two visits, to John Isner in 2012 and Juan Martin del Potro last year.

It will be Isner who Djokovic faces after the American defeated Gulbis 7-6 (7/4) 7-6 (7/3).

Gulbis looked set to take it to a decider after breaking serve at the start of the second set but Isner hit back when the Latvian served for it at 5-4 and again had his measure in the tie-break.

Djokovic has beaten Isner four of the six times they have played, with the American's other win coming at the Masters tournament in Cincinnati last year.

With his victory, Isner is projected to climb back into the top 10 for the first time since September 2012.

Meanwhile, Roger Federer's hopes of winning both singles and doubles were ended as he and Stanislas Wawrinka lost 6-4 6-1 to second seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares.

The Swiss pair have been a hugely popular draw all tournament but Peya and Soares used their extra doubles nous to great effect and will meet top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan in the final.

Federer plays his singles semi-final against Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov on Saturday.


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