The seedings held Friday in Indian Wells on the men’s side as Novak Djokovic and John Isner advanced into the semifinals at the BNP Paribas Open.
The No. 2-seeded Djokovic breezed past unseeded Julien Benneteau 6-1, 6-3, while No. 12 John Isner navigated two tiebreaks in defeating the combustible No. 20 seed Ernests Gulbis 7-6(4), 7-6(3).
Isner set a semifinal meeting with Djokovic while reclaiming a spot in the Top 10 when the next rankings are released.
Against Gulbis, Isner in the first set saved one set point at 5-6, 30-40 prior to a tiebreak. Isner dropped serve in the first game of the second set, but eventually rebounded to reach a second tiebreak and secure the victory.
Djokovic is looking to get past Isner and reach his fourth Indian Wells final.
“I played John here a few years ago and I remember that match — 7-6 in the third, and also lost to him very close one in Cincinnati last year,” Djokovic said. “He’s definitely not somebody you like to play in the big heat with such serve. It’s very challenging because he doesn’t miss his serve too much, so you have to kind of be able to hold your composure from the first to the last point and be ready to play three tiebreaks.”
In the men’s doubles semifinals the dream Bryan brothers vs. Swiss final was averted when No. 2 seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares defeated Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 6-1.
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