| Roger Federer, on Thursday |
Indian Wells: Roger Federer charged into the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Thursday with a straight sets win over South African Kevin Anderson.
The Swiss master succeeded where others had failed by blunting the serve of the towering 6ft 8in Anderson to win 7-5, 6-1.
Federer faced only one break point in the entire match and reeled off seven games on the trot to clinch the opening set and race to a 5-0 lead in the second.
His reward for winning was a semi-final clash on Saturday with Ukrainian giantkiller Alexandr Dolgopolov, who continued his fairytale run in the Californian desert by defeating big-serving Canadian Milos 6-3, 6-4.
“It was big to win the set and then to go on to break early in the second,” Federer said. “Then (getting a) double break was like a bonus. From then on I was home basically. It was a really good match for me, basically.”
In the women’s draw, China’s Li Na won her rematch with Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova to join Italian Flavia Pennetta in the semis.
In her first meeting with Cibulkova since the Australian Open final, Li once again proved too strong for her opponent, winning 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in a little over two and a half hours.
Pennetta booked her place in the last four by beating American Sloane Stephens 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 in a seesawing match played in gusting winds.
In women’s doubles, Sania Mirza and Cara Black are in line to win their first title of season as they defeated Lucie Hradecka and Jie Zheng to reach the final.
The fifth-seeded Indo-Zimbabwean pair defeated eighth-seeded Czech-Chinese team 6-4, 3-6, 10-7 in an hour and 37 minutes in the semi-final of the hardcourt event.
It will be first final of the 2014 season for Sania and Cara, who had won two back-to-back titles to end the previous season.
There was not much difference between the two sides as they fared almost same in all departments of the game.