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Wawrinka survives into the semis

Wawrinka survives into the semis
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Stan Wawrinka has reached the semi-finals at the Indian Wells Masters for the first time to improve on his previous best of three quarter-finals in the Californian desert.

I’m really happy the way I was playing, the way I found a way to win it


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The Swiss star managed to get the better of the eighth-seeded Dominic Thiem, 6-4 4-6 7-6(2) in a marathon contest and will now face Pablo Carreno Busta, the 21st seed, on Saturday for a place in the final.

In what proved to be a bit of a topsy-turvy match with Wawrinka losing his hold in the second set to be forced into a decider which lasted more than an hour.

Thiem saved a match point before forcing it into the tie-break where again it took a while before Wawrinka took control to capture his allotted place in the last four.

In the other quarter-final played earlier, Pablo Carreno Busta defeated Pablo Cuevas 6-1 3-6 7-6(4).

"The level was really high tonight," Wawrinka, 31, said in his on-court interview. "I’m really happy the way I was playing, the way I found a way to win it.

"The player who was the most aggressive, was dictating, was winning most of the points. I’m really happy to have served well in the tiebreak. I think that was the key."

Carreno BustaŠ—Ès arrival in the semis marks the best run he has had at Masters level thanks to facing two qualifiers and receiving a walkover before encountering his doubles partner.

"With Pablo, I need to be very focused on my game, very aggressive," Carreno Busta said. "I will be in the top 20, and that was my objective when I started the year. We’ve only in March, so it’s good news for me. But I need to keep working."



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Vesnina and Williams following their marathon match

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In the womenŠ—Ès draw Elena Vesnina defeated Venus Williams while Kristina Mladenovic recovered from a set and a break down to beat Caroline Wozniacki to reach the semi-finals.

Williams fought off three match points in the eighth game and had six chances to bring it back on serve in the next before the 14th-seeded Russian finally held to finish a gutsy 6-2 4-6 6-3 win after two hours and 11-minutes.

"At the end of the match, I don’t know how I won that game from 0-40," Vesnina, who had ousted second seed Angelique Kerber to reach the quarters, said in an on-court interview.

Mladenovic, the 28th seed, beat the 13th seed and 2011 winner Wozniacki 3-6 7-6(4) 6-2 to reach her first Premier Mandatory semi-final after two hours and 33-minutes.

"She’s on fire. So am I," said Vesnina. "One of us can be in the final. We will see tomorrow."






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Henry Wancke

Henry Wancke is one of the most respected Tennis writers in the UK. Henry is the Editor of both Tennis Threads Magazine and tennisthreads.net. He previously worked as Editor of Tennis World, Serve & Volley as well as Tennis Today magazines and been stringer for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Press Association. He also co-authored the Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Tennis with John Parsons published by Carlton, and the Federation Cup – the first 32 years, published by the ITF. Currently he is the Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association and Hon Vice President of the Tennis Industry Association UK.

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