Dolgopolov Sets up First Semi-final Appearance at a Masters Event

March 14, 2014

ATP Tennis News

Dolgopolov was delighted to reach his first Masters Series semi-final.

Dolgopolov was delighted to reach his first Masters Series semi-final.

INDIAN WELLS – California:  The in-form  Alexandr Dolgopolov has continued his roaring success at the BNP Paribas Open, after scalping another top ten seed – Canadian Milos Raonic 6-3, 6-4 on Thursday afternoon in Indian Wells.

The No.10 seed was denied a semi-final appearance against the unstoppable Ukrainian who comfortably bounced his way through to his first semi-final at an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament, dropping only seven games en route.

Feeding from his third round confidence where he ousted World No.1 and defending champion Rafael Nadal, the former World No.13 consolidated his success knocking out No.13 seed Fabio Fognini before dumping Raonic out of the tournament to record his third straight victory over a seeded player.

Raonic seemed far less confident against the 25 year-old, firing a mere four aces in the one hour and 18 minutes they were on court, significantly less than his encounter against Edouard Roger-Vasselin in the previous match, hammering a whopping 33 aces.

“I thought I did a lot of things well, as well,” said Raonic. “I really was pushing myself, because I was hoping that if I forced myself to stay strong with an attitude that the game would come. I just wish I could have served better. But other than that, he did the right things at the right times right away from the start of the match. He was a factor of why I didn’t serve as well as I would have liked as well.”

Dolgopolov will now set his sights firmly ahead, on the opportunity to reach his second final of the season, but standing in his way is Roger Federer who dismissed Kevin Anderson in straight sets later on Thursday evening.  The four-time champion is also brimming with confidence after his return to form and title victory in Dubai, but Dolgopolov will not be deterred from his path to victory:

“I’ll just come out, do my best, and of course it’s going to be really tough because it’s semis or finals. No bad players left and no players not in the top form now.”

Dolgopolov, a former World No. 13, has already climbed 26 spots in the Emirates ATP Rankings this season and is projected to move an additional eight spots to No. 23 with his semi-final effort.

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About Lisa-Marie Burrows

Lisa-Marie Burrows has a MA in Sports Broadcast Journalism and is a freelance sports journalist. She has covered many national and international tennis tournaments and has worked in Paris for Eurosport News channel. She is a member of the International Press Association and a journalist for its online magazine, IMPress. She has contributed articles for various leading websites including www.tennisgrandstand.com, www.worldtennismagazine.com, www.tennisbloggers.com, www.tennisscoop.co.uk and www.olympictennis.net. Lisa-Marie operates her tennis website www.tennisnewsviews.com where you can read her reports. She can be reached at lburrows@internationalpress.com or on Twitter @TennisNewsViews.

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