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Mighty Djokovic rolls into IW semis

4:45 PM, Mar 15, 2013   |    comments
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Indian Wells, CA (Sports Network) - World No. 1 superstar Novak Djokovic was an easy quarterfinal winner Friday at the $4.33 million BNP Paribas Open.

Djokovic blew past lethargic eighth-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 6-1 on the hardcourts at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The super Serb fired eight aces and lost only five points on serve in the brisk 54-minute affair.

The 25-year-old Djokovic is now 10-5 lifetime against Tsonga, including a win in the 2008 Australian Open final, and the Serb has won their last eight encounters overall.

Djokovic will meet the Andy Murray-Juan Martin del Potro victor in Saturday's semifinals. The U.S. Open champion Murray was an Indian Wells finalist in 2009.

The six-time Grand Slam titlist Djokovic is now a perfect 17-0 this year, including a third straight and fourth overall title at the Aussie Open, and he's won his last 22 matches overall dating back to October of last season.

Djokovic titled here in 2008 and 2011 and was the Indian Wells runner-up in 2007.

Saturday's other semifinal will pit fifth-seeded former world No. 1 Rafael Nadal against sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych. Nadal owns a commanding 12-3 advantage over Berdych, including a victory in the 2010 Wimbledon final and wins in their last 11 meetings.

Nadal was the Indian Wells champ in 2007 and 2009.

The 2013 Indian Wells winner will collect $1 million.

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