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Djokovic and Isner set to meet after easy victories at Indian Wells


by SSN Staff

Second-seeded Novak Djokovic swept past unseeded Frenchman Julien Benneteau on Friday to set up a semi-final showdown with American John Isner at the Indian Wells ATP Masters.


Djokovic, a two-time champion in the California desert, needed just 68 minutes to power past Benneteau 6-1, 6-3.


The world number two didn't face a break point in the match, but had the chance to break Benneteau in all but the first of the Frenchman's service games.


"I have done everything I wanted," said Djokovic, who had been taken to three sets by his two previous opponents, Marin Cilic and Alejandro Gonzalez.

- See more at: http://www.ntd.tv/en/news/sports/20140314/111667-tennis-djokovic-books-semifinal-clash-with-isner.html#sthash.Tbzp1cLL.dpuf

Second-seeded Novak Djokovic swept past unseeded Frenchman Julien Benneteau on Friday to set up a semi-final showdown with American John Isner at the Indian Wells ATP Masters.


Djokovic, a two-time champion in the California desert, needed just 68 minutes to power past Benneteau 6-1, 6-3.


The world number two didn't face a break point in the match, but had the chance to break Benneteau in all but the first of the Frenchman's service games.


"I have done everything I wanted," said Djokovic, who had been taken to three sets by his two previous opponents, Marin Cilic and Alejandro Gonzalez.

- See more at: http://www.ntd.tv/en/news/sports/20140314/111667-tennis-djokovic-books-semifinal-clash-with-isner.html#sthash.Tbzp1cLL.dpuf

Serbia's second-seed Novak Djokovic swept past unseeded Frenchman Julien Benneteau on Friday to set up a semi-final showdown with American John Isner at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.

Djokovic, a two-time champion in the California desert, needed just 68 minutes to power past Benneteau 6-1, 6-3.

The world No 2 didn’t face a break point in the match, but had the chance to break Benneteau in all but the first of the Frenchman’s service games.

Along with Serbia's Novak Djokovic,  American John Isner cruised into the last four of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells with straight-sets wins in the quarterfinals.

Djokovic hardly raised a sweat in the Californian desert as he eased to victory over Frenchman Julien Benneteau, before the towering Isner rode his booming serve to a 7-6(4) 7-6(3) win over Latvia's Ernests Gulbis.

Djokovic was not at his absolute best but was never in any real danger against the 32-year-old Benneteau, who beat him at Indian Wells eight years ago when the Serb was still a teenager.

Djokovic, 26, raced through the opening set in less than half an hour with two service breaks and four aces despite the windy conditions and an approaching sand storm.

The first six games of the second set all went with serve before Djokovic reeled off the last three in a row to seal a comfortable victory.

Isner, whose towering height contributes to his fearsome serve, seized a 5-3 lead in the second set tiebreaker with an ace, then followed it up with a 141 mph  service winner before firing a backhand winner past Gulbis on his first match point.

“I certainly hit my biggest serves in those tiebreakers,” Isner said. “I think especially the second set one I was going after it with everything I had.

“They found their mark, too – helped a lot.”

Isner defeated then-No 1 Djokovic in the semi-finals here in 2012 before falling to Roger Federer in the finals.

 

WOMENS TENNIS:

Flavia Pennetta stunned Li Na in straight sets on Friday at the BNP Paribas Open, avenging a loss to the Australian Open champion in Melbourne and booking an Indian Wells title clash with Agnieszka Radwanska.


In a match that featured entertaining rallies but also 11 breaks of serve – eight straight in the opening set – 32-year-old Pennetta prevailed 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 to reach the biggest final of her career.

“I think we played really good tennis tonight,” Pennetta said. “We fight a lot.”

It was a contrast to their clash in the Australian Open quarter-finals, where Li crushed Pennetta 6-2, 6-2 en route to her second Grand Slam title.

“In Australia I didn’t have any chance against her,” Pennetta said. “Tonight I played much better.