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Goffin advances to semis at Indian Wells

AFP logoAFP 18-03-2016
David Goffin celebrates a point against Marin Cilic, on March 17, 2016, in the men's quarterfinals at the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California © Provided by AFP David Goffin celebrates a point against Marin Cilic, on March 17, 2016, in the men's quarterfinals at the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California

David Goffin toppled 10th-seeded Marin Cilic 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 to become the first Belgian male to reach the Indian Wells semi-finals on Thursday.

The 25-year-old Goffin saved four set points in the 12th game of the first set before taking it in a tiebreaker.

Goffin then breezed through the second set, finishing with seven aces overall in the 97-minute match at Indian Wells, one of the biggest events on the ATP and WTA calendar outside of the four Grand Slams.

"That first set was a great battle," said Goffin, who broke Cilic three times in the quarter-final. "It was tough to stay focused.

"I had a break 5-4 but it is always tough to finish a set."

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Goffin advances to the last four, where he will face either Canada's Milos Raonic or Frenchman Gael Monfils.

"I deserve to relax a little bit then be ready for the next round," Goffin said. "First I am going to enjoy this win with my team.

"I am really pleased with the way I am playing at the moment. I hope I can keep going."

Goffin also defeated Cilic on a clay court in Belgium during the Davis Cup first round on March 6.

Daria Kasatkina's surprising run at Indian Wells came to an abrupt halt when she was humbled 6-3, 6-2 by 18th-seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova in the women's quarter-finals.

Pliskova needed a little over an hour to oust the 18-year-old Russian, the lone teen to reach the quarters.

Only two of the top 12 seeds on the women's side of the draw have reached the semi-finals -- number one Serena Williams and number three Agnieszka Radwanska.

Two-time winner Williams is one of two former Indian Wells champions still in contention. Victoria Azarenka, who won in 2012, is taking the court later against Magdalena Rybarikova.

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