Djokovic, Isner Set Indian Wells Semifinal Meeting
by Staff | March 14th, 2014, 9:41 pm

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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18 Comments for Djokovic, Isner Set Indian Wells Semifinal Meeting Says:

Will give this to Isner. He seems more awake than I have ever seen and seems to be moving a tiny bit faster…. He wants the title..

Peep Says:

If he beats Djok I think he loses to whoever is on the other side as usual.

skeezer Says:

So whats your picks or is that comin later?
Isner squeeks again, beats Djoker.
Fed over Dolgo in 3.

Okiegal Says:

The final everyone wants to see, Joker and Fed…..that’s my pick!!

Okiegal Says:

I think Roger is playing so much better than Novak….and I think he will get the W. I will have to pull for Isnner, however.

Okiegal Says:

Flavia just beat Li……women’s tennis has been terrible lately, imo.

metan Says:

Sad day, my girl Li Na is out, may be karma is working against me as I jinx Richie boy.

Giles Says:

C’mon Izzy ace your way to the final. Good luck.

Hippy Chic Says:

Metan have to disagree i much prefer John as a person,but i have to say i prefer Gulbis as a player,without a serve theres not really much else to his game,and he doesnt move very well around the court either,hes good for a few upsets and smaller titles,but thats about it really,no offence to the guy but i think the day Isner wins a GS or gets to number 1 is the day tennis loses all sence of credibility,although that goodness niether looks likely to happen,and thankfully i think hell will freeze over 1st.

Tootie Says:

Why aren’t you ashamed to be living in sin?

Sienna Says:

WowPeter Bodo is calling this the fith slam!

I see fat ball girls, fat line judges,fat spectattors…..Is America fat?
BTW old line judges almost getting heartattack

Fifth slam no way jose

Sienna Says:

Dolgo could be slamwinner but as it stands he is slam whiner. crticizing himself after every shot missed does not make slamwinners.

Sienna Says:

How did Nada lose his match against Dolgo?

Is Nada in a slump of Fed getting to become #1 again?

Hippy Chic Says:

^If you had any sense you would be celebrating Roger getting to the final,and playing such fantastic tennis,rather than wasting nervous energy worrying about Rafa,still your perogative^.

Hippy Chic Says:

^And no need to use personal insults either,have some pride^.

Okiegal Says:

You sound like you have it in for old people and fat kids. Are you skinny? My Dad was too and he died of a heart attack. For the most part Americans are very happy…..I think you probably have the personality of a rattlesnake!

metan Says:

@Sienna, all you wanted is dine with Rafa but to bad he never invites you, so all her post is humpty dumptygrumgrumpy grouchy 😁.

Tootie Says:

Go Nole!

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