Novak Djokovic is into the semifinals in the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells thanks to a 6-3, 6-1 win over Julien Benneteau.
Djokovic dominated early on and kept up his great play throughout, as noted by Tennis View Magazine:
Novak Djokovic reaches his fourth straight Indian Wells semifinal (sixth overall). He did not face a break point in 68-minute quarterfinal.— Tennis View Magazine (@TennisViewMag) March 14, 2014
Tennis TV was aware in the first set the difference between the two competitors:
The No. 2 seed only needed 28 minutes to win the first set, hitting four aces and winning 16 of his 19 service points. Unsurprisingly, not much changed in the second set, and Djokovic finished the match making 93 percent of his first-serve points.
He displayed excellent accuracy and great range defensively, which was seen in this view by Tennis TV:
Meanwhile, Benneteau had too many errors and simply could not keep up with the skill of his opponent.
This was by far the most complete match of the tournament for Djokovic after surviving some inconsistent play in the first few rounds. He dropped sets to Alejandro Gonzalez and Marin Cilic in the previous two rounds and seemed to struggle with his accuracy.
After defeating Cilic in the Round of 16, the Serbian explained, via ATPWorldTour.com:
You have to accept the fact that everybody's improving. They all want to get better and win against you as a top player. That's another reason to train hard, to get yourself better and compete with these guys. It's hard at the moment for any top player to stay up there. I'm aware of what's going on. On a positive note, it's good for the sport, to have different faces winning major tournaments.
Fortunately, he was able to get back into form against Benneteau to put himself into the semifinals. Of course, it helped that Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and a number of other top players were upset in this tournament.
Djokovic will now face the winner of John Isner and Ernests Gulbis. If he advances to the final, he will compete against either Alexandr Dolgopolov or Roger Federer.
Ben Rothenberg of the New York Times notes how Djokovic has done in the past at this event:
Djokovic reaches semifinals here for the fourth straight year. Champ in 2011, but lost in SFs last two times to Isner, del Potro. #BNPPO14— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) March 14, 2014
Based on how he performed on Friday, he has a strong chance to end the week with his first tournament title of 2014.
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