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Novak Djokovic reaches Indian Wells semifinals via walkover

March 19, 2015

INDIAN WELLS, California (AP) — Novak Djokovic advanced to the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday when opponent Bernard Tomic withdrew because of a back injury.

Tomic’s withdrawal was announced about five hours before he was to play Djokovic, a three-time champion at Indian Wells who has won his first three matches in straight sets. He has beaten Tomic in each of their three previous matchups.

Tomic has made a strong start this year, reaching the quarterfinals at six of his seven tournaments. The exception was the Australian Open, where he lost in the fourth round. The Australian defeated sixth-seeded David Ferrer in straight sets in the third round here, Tomic’s first win over a top 10 player since July 2013.

Jelena Jankovic reached the women’s semifinals when qualifier Lesia Tsurenko retired in the second set with a foot injury.

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