BNP Paribas Open: Novak through to semis as Tomic withdraws

Novak bez borbe u polufinalu, predaja Tomića

Defending champion Novak Djokovic has been given a walkover into the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open after no.32 seed Bernard Tomic was forced to withdraw due to a back injury ahead of their Thursday night clash.

The world no.1 has a 39-6 record at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. After finishing runner-up in 2007, Nole went on to lift the trophy in 2008, 2011 and 2014.

Djokovic will face no.4 seed Andy Murray on Saturday at 11:00 local time (19:00 CET) for a place in the final. The British no.1 beat 12th-seeded Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-4.

Novak owns a 16-8 ATP Head2Head record over Andy. They last met in the Australian Open final, with the Serb winning 7-6(5), 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-0.

The 27-year-old Belgrade native has won 20 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophies. He is bidding to capture his 50th career crown and second title of the season.

Roger Federer (SUI, 2) and Milos Raonic (CAN,6) complete the semi-final line-up.

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