Roger Federer beats Kevin Anderson to reach Indian Wells semifinals

Seventh seed Roger Federer defeated 17th seed Kevin Anderson 7-5, 6-1. Federer will face Alexandr Dolgopolov, who beat Milos Raonic 6-3, 6-4.

updated: March 14, 2014 11:30 IST
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Indian Wells: Roger Federer kept his bid for a fifth Indian Wells ATP Masters title on track Thursday with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Kevin Anderson. The 32-year-old Swiss great needed just 69 minutes to book his berth in the final four, where he'll face Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov.

Federer saved the only break point he faced in the match early in the opening set and clearly had the answer to the tall South African's booming serve. Federer broke Anderson at love in the final game of the first set, then broke him twice more before finishing the match with a love service game.

"You know, I gave myself chances and started with a few more returns in play at five-all," Federer said. "I was just also now in the match at that point, feeling good movement-wise, feeling good absorbing his pace. Then also being aggressive myself.

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