Raonic makes quick work of Kecmanovic at Paribas Open
Raonic makes quick work of Kecmanovic at Paribas Open
News Thiem reaches the final in Indian Wells!
Dominic beats Milos Raonic in 3 sets.
By Mark Hall- 17 March 2019 0
18 March, 2019, 13:53
Milos Raonic (CAN) celebrates match point as he won his quarterfinal match against Miomir Kecmanovic (not pictured) in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Kecmanovic, who failed to make it through qualifying but gained entry to the main draw when fifth-seeded Kevin Anderson withdrew, was the first lucky loser to reach the quarter-finals at Indian Wells since the tournament served as the inaugural ATP Masters 1000 in 1990.
Dominic Thiem advanced to the ATP Indian Wells Masters semi-finals after France's Monfils pulled out with a left Achilles tendon injury.
In the women's singles, Belinda Bencic beat fifth seed Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to reach the semis, ensuring her return to the top 20 in the rankings.
The No. 13 seed from Thornhill, Ont., lost 7-6 (3), 6-7 (3), 6-4 to No. 7 Dominic Thiem of Austria in a men's semifinal on Saturday.
He couldn't convert his only break point against Raonic in the second, and Raonic managed to seize the tiebreaker aided by a favorable netcord bounce for a 5-3 lead.
A return victor gave the Austrian a break point in the fourth game of the second set that Milos erased with an ace, hitting two more winners to bring the game home and level the score at 2-2.
Momentum swung firmly in Kerber's favour during the tie-break when Williams committed six unforced errors, including a backhand into the net that handed the German the set.
"She changed the rhythm a little bit", Kerber said. "So was this our chance at a last one - I hope not and I believe at the level he's playing and the level I'm still going there's definitely going to be more". "Going for it when she put the lob ones and the high ones and the short ones".
Williams alternately smacked winners from the baseline and sprayed shots beyond the lines. She had her right knee taped and didn't appear to be moving easily or serving with much pace.
"I think that can get better", Raonic said.
Other women's wild cards went to two of last year's junior Grand Slam singles champions in Roland Garros victor Cori Gauff of the United States and US Open champion Wang Xiyu of China. Until Kerber stopped her, Williams had won four matches in a row for the first time since a year ago in the desert. She was coming off a straight-set upset of defending champion and top-ranked Naomi Osaka in the fourth round. In the third, she overcame a break point to hold at 2-all but only won one more game the rest of the way.
"Still tough because I felt more or less OK during this beginning of the season in terms of my knee", he said. "So my serve was bad, my shots were bad". The 22-year-old Swiss player missed five months in 2017 after wrist surgery.
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