Thiem gets a walkover, into Indian Wells semi-finals against Raonic

Thiem gets a walkover, into Indian Wells semi-finals against Raonic

Indian Wells: World number seven Dominic Thiem reached an ATP Indian Wells Masters semi-final showdown with Milos Raonic without hitting a ball on Thursday as injured Gael Monfils withdrew.

Milos Raonic was at his efficient best on Thursday afternoon, beating Serbian lucky loser Miomir Kecmanovic 6-3, 6-4 to reach his fourth BNP Paribas Open semi-final in Indian Wells.

The Canadian will face Thiem for a place in the final after the seventh seed's quarterfinal opponent Monfils said he was unable to play due to an injured Achilles.

"So sorry guys, thank you for everything you gave me this week".

Bencic's victory set up a semifinal against No. 8 seed Angelique Kerber, who beat error-prone Venus Williams 7-6 (3), 6-3 in a match-up of 30-somethings. "I have this pain, and it wasn't the right choice to play".

The world number eight earned her third semi-final in the Women's Tennis Association Premier Mandatory event event with a 7-6, 6-3 win over the 38-year-old American at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. "She has nothing to lose, she enjoys her tennis and she's a great player", Kerber said of the teenager.

Thiem gets a walkover, into Indian Wells semi-finals against Raonic
Thiem gets a walkover, into Indian Wells semi-finals against Raonic

Bencic could have made life easier for herself against Pliskova but only managed to convert four of her 16 break points against the Czech's serve. Speaking to reporters after her win, Kerber said, "Venus is just such a great player and an fantastic champion".

Raonic won 88 per cent of his first-serve points and saved all three break chances against him.

"I'm not going to the court with any expectation", Bencic said.

Raonic is looking for his ninth career ATP Tour title, but has never won at the top level below Grand Slams - Masters 1000. "It's always tough to play against her". She broke Williams in the match's longest game that went to deuce five times when Williams' forehand went wide.

He has accepted a wild card into the qualifying draw in Miami, which will mark the first time he's played a qualifying tournament since 2007 at Queen's Club.

"When you're confident, you can really just trust your instincts and you don't have to think about it at all", Bencic said. She'll face No. 6 seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine on Friday.

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