Friday, March 20, 2009

Federer Reaches Indian Wells Semi-final

Roger waves to the spectators in BNP Paribas Open

Indian Wells - Three times Indian Wells winner Roger Federer rolled to the semi-final with a 6-3, 7-6 (5) win over Spanish Fernando Verdasco. The former world number one led 4-1 in the second set, but ten seed Verdasco forced to play a tie-breaker.

Federer will oppose fourth-seeded Andy Murray of Great Britain who conquered Ivan Ljubicic 7-5, 7-6 (6).

Federer's backhand

Meanwhile, 2003 US Open champion Andy Roddick will fight against third seed Novak Djokovic to gain a place in the top-half semi-final. Seven seed Roddick vanquised eleven seed David Ferrer 7-6 (5), 3-6, and 6-3 while Djokovic defeated Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka 7-6 (7), 7-6 (6).

In the women's singles, Dinara Safina's opportunity to be world number one was shattered when she lost to Belarussian Victoria Azarenka in rubber sets, 7-6 (4), 3-6, and 1-6 in the quarter-final. Safina would replace Serena William on the top spot if she reached the final.

Zvonareva after winning match point against Wozniacki

Vera Zvonareva will be eight seed Azarenka's next challenge. The fourth seed Russian easily eliminated Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-4, 6-2.

The Indian Wells surprise Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova upset Poland's Agniezska Radwanska 7-6 (8), 6-4 to meet defending champion Ana Ivanovic. The fifth-seeded Serbian moved to the semi-final by Sybille Bammer's withdraw.

Pavlyuchenkova returns Radwanska's ball

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