INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – Novak Djokovic beat Julien Benneteau 6-1, 6-3 in just over an hour to reach the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open.
Djokovic never faced a break point on his serve against Benneteau, the only unseeded player left in the men's draw. The Serb held break points on Benneteau's serve in seven of eight games, and broke him four times during the match played in near 90-degree temperatures Friday.
Djokovic, a two-time champion at Indian Wells, will play either Ernests Gulbis or American John Isner in Saturday's semifinals, where the Serb has lost the last two years. Four-time winner Roger Federer will meet Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine in the other semi.
Benneteau was playing just his second career quarterfinal in a Masters 1000 event on the ATP Tour, never having reached a semifinal at this level.