Raonic makes it 2 Canadians into semifinals in Indian Wells

Tanya Simon
March 16, 2019

Indian Wells: World number seven Dominic Thiem reached an ATP Indian Wells Masters semi-final showdown with Milos Raonic without hitting a ball on Thursday as injured Gael Monfils withdrew.

Raonic ended the dream run of lucky loser Miomir Kecmanovic, beating the 19-year-old Serbian 6-3, 6-4.

He will try to improve against world No. 7 Dominic Thiem, who advanced via walkover when No. 18 Gael Monfils announced on court that he could not play because of a left Achilles injury.

"I would like to thank you for everything you gave me this week and again I'm sorry".

Angelique Kerber held off a spirited challenge by the unseeded Venus Williams to set up an Indian Wells Open semi-final against Belinda Bencic. "I'm definitely playing how I feel it, and it's going well so I'm not planning on changing that".

The world number eight earned her third semi-final in the Women's Tennis Association Premier Mandatory event event with a 7-6, 6-3 win over the 38-year-old American at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. "Because I was playing great tennis, feeling strong".

After losing her first two service games and falling behind 3-0, Andreescu stepped up and won six games in a row to take the first set in stunning fashion.

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"He's won his last three matches against good players", Raonic said.

"I'm not going to the court with any expectation", Bencic said.

Williams never got her big serve going, producing just one ace.

Players receiving wild cards directly into the men's main draw include Spanish veteran David Ferrer, who has said 2019 will e his last season.

Bencic was pushed to three sets for the first time in four matches at the tournament. She was coming off a straight-set upset of defending champion and top-ranked Naomi Osaka in the fourth round. In the victory, Bencic won 78 percent of her first serve points and 45 percent of her second serve points.

"When you're confident, you can really just trust your instincts and you don't have to think about it at all".

Federer, the 20-time Grand Slam champion who claimed his 100th career title at Dubai last month, takes on 67th ranked Hubert Hurkacz of Poland while Nadal faces 12th-seeded Russian Karen Khachanov.

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