Result: John Isner sets up Novak Djokovic semi

John Isner
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11th seed John Isner will play Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals at Indian Wells after he overcomes Gilles Simon in a gruelling three-set encounter.

11th seed John Isner will play Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals at Indian Wells after he overcame Gilles Simon in a gruelling three-set encounter.

After the surprise of being broken in the opening game, the American converted his fourth break-point of an epic 10-minute game six to restore parity before breaking again to take the first set 6-3.

Isner then produced a horrific 35 minutes of tennis, which was full of errors, and he was broken twice on his way to losing the second set 6-1.

The first 11 games of the final set went with serve, leaving Simon needing to hold to force a tie-break.

The Frenchman was unable to fend off a ferocious attack from the hard-hitting American, who broke to 15 to clinch the final set 7-5.

World number one Djokovic had dismissed Spaniard Nicolas Almagro in straight sets earlier in the day.

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1Scotland flag Andy Murray11,540
2Serbia Novak Djokovic9,825
3Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,695
4Canada Milos Raonic4,930
5Japan Kei Nishikori4,730
6Spain Rafael Nadal4,115
7Croatia Marin Cilic3,410
8Austria Dominic Thiem3,375
9Switzerland Roger Federer3,260
10Belgium David Goffin3,245
11France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga3,230
12France Gael Monfils3,145
13Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov2,925
14Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,880
15Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,190
16Australia Nick Kyrgios2,165
17Lucas Pouille2,131
18Alexander Zverev1,895
19France Richard Gasquet1,875
20Croatia Ivo Karlovic1,875