BNP Paribas Open: Novak Djokovic defeats Julien Benneteau to reach semi-finals
Novak Djokovic remains on course for his third Indian Wells title after cruising past Julien Benneteau in straight sets.
Last Updated: 15/03/14 7:49am
The second seed, who is showing some formidable form on the hard courts, was never truly tested by the 32-year-old Frenchman and closed out the contest in just over an hour to reach the semi-finals in California for a fourth straight year.
Djokovic never faced a break point on his serve against Benneteau, the only unseeded player left in the men's draw.
Benneteau was playing just his second career quarter-final in a Masters 1000 event on the ATP Tour, and having never having reached a semi-final at this level, he was always feeling the heat in near 90-degree temperatures.
The Serb held break points on Benneteau's serve in seven of eight games, and broke him four times during the match.
Djokovic, a two-time champion at the event, will play home favourite John Isner in Saturday's semi-finals, where the Serb has lost the last two years.
"I had to stay focused," said Djokovic, who won the title in the California desert in 2008 and 2011.
"Today he made a lot of unforced errors. I tried to make the most of those opportunities when they were presented."
Meanwhile, four-time winner Roger Federer will meet Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine for a place in Sunday's final.