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Tennis: Isner reaches Indian Wells semi-finals

American John Isner punched his semi-final ticket at the Indian Wells ATP Masters on Friday with a 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/3) victory over Latvia's Ernests Gulbis. Isner, the 12th seed, next faces second-seeded Novak Djokovic, a two-time Indian Wells champion who overpowered unseeded Frenchman Julien Benneteau 6-1, 6-3. Isner defeated then number one Djokovic in the semi-finals here in 2012 before falling to Roger Federer in the final.

Tennis: Djokovic books semi-final clash with Isner

Second-seeded Novak Djokovic swept past unseeded Frenchman Julien Benneteau on Friday to set up a semi-final showdown with American John Isner at the Indian Wells ATP Masters. Djokovic, a two-time champion in the California desert, needed just 68 minutes to power past Benneteau 6-1, 6-3. The world number two didn't face a break point in the match, but had the chance to break Benneteau in all but the first of the Frenchman's service games.

Djokovic, Isner ease into Indian Wells semis

(Reuters) - Serbia's Novak Djokovic and American John Isner cruised into the last four of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Friday with straight-sets wins in the quarter-finals. Djokovic hardly raised a sweat in the Californian desert as he eased to a 6-1 6-3 victory over Frenchman Julien Benneteau, before the towering Isner rode his booming serve to a 7-6(4) 7-6(3) win over Latvia's Ernests Gulbis.

Spanish trio ousted from Indian Wells

Los Angeles, Mar 13 (EFE).- American John Isner used his powerful serve and forehand to record a 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 6-3 victory over Spain's Fernando Verdasco at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California. With the defeat of Verdasco and countrymen Feliciano Lopez and Roberto Bautista-Agut on Wednesday, no Spaniards remain in this elite hard-court event. The 30-year-old Verdasco, who reached the quarterfinals of Indian Wells in 2009 before losing to Roger Federer, came up short in his bid to equal that result at this year's tournament.

Tennis: Red-hot Cilic downs Anderson for Delray crown

Croatia's Marin Cilic defeated former champion Kevin Anderson of South Africa in three sets on Sunday to win the ATP Delray Beach Open and notch his second title in three weeks. Cilic, seeded seventh, defeated fourth-seeded Anderson 7-6 (8/6), 6-7 (7/9), 6-4 to notch his ATP Tour leading 18th match victory of the year. He added another title to the Zagreb trophy he claimed earlier this month. He also reached the final in Rotterdam last week.

Cilic continues hot run of form in Delray Beach

(Reuters) - Marin Cilic's run of red-hot form continued on Sunday as he beat Kevin Anderson 7-6 6-7 6-4 to win the Delray Beach Open title. Cilic was playing in his third consecutive final, having lost in Rotterdam last week after winning the title in Zagreb two weeks ago. The 25-year-old Croatian was pushed to the limit in a topsy-turvy match of powerful serves that lasted a little over three hours.

Tennis: Anderson eyes second Delray Beach ATP title

Former champion Kevin Anderson of South Africa booked a return to the Delray Beach ATP final Saturday, where he'll face Croatia's Marin Cilic for the crown. Fourth seeded Anderson defeated US qualifier Steve Johnson 6-2, 6-4 in a battle between two players who enjoyed standout careers in the US university ranks. Anderson avenged a loss to Johnson in Auckland this season, delivering 13 aces and breaking the American three times to secure the victory in 76 minutes.

Tennis: Isner battles, Cilic breezes into Delray semis

US second seed John Isner rallied Friday to reach the ATP Delray Beach Open semi-finals, where he will try to deny Marin Cilic his third final in as many weeks. Big-serving Isner fired 18 aces in outlasting US qualifier Rhyne Williams 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 while Cilic, a seventh seed from Croatia, dispatched Russia's Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-2, 6-3. Cilic won his fourth career ATP crown on home soil at Zagreb two weeks ago and last week reached the Rotterdam final, losing to Czech Tomas Berdych.

Nishikori withdraws with hip injury at Delray Beach

(Reuters) - A hip injury forced third seed Kei Nishikori to retire from his second round match at the Delray Beach Open in Florida on Thursday. The world number 15 from Japan, coming off his win in Memphis on Sunday, his fourth ATP career title, lasted only six games against Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia. Gabashvili was leading 4-2 when Nishikori called it a day due to a painful left hip flexor. He later withdrew from next week's Acapulco event.

Tennis: Lopez rallies to reach Delray Beach 2nd round

Sixth-seeded Spaniard Feliciano Lopez rallied for a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 first-round victory over American Sam Querrey Monday on the opening day of the ATP Delray Beach Open. Lopez, who was ousted in the second round of the indoor tournament in Memphis last week, next faces France's Adrian Mannarino, who defeated US wild card Jack Sock 6-4, 6-2 in the only other main draw match of the day. Sock had beaten Mannarino in their two prior ATP meetings this season, including a win in Memphis.
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