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Roddick reaches Indian Wells Semis

Andy Roddick continued his dominance of Tommy Robredo Friday, booking a semi-final berth at the Indian Wells Masters 1000 with his 11th win over the Spaniard in as many meetings.


Roddick, seeded seventh, triumphed 6-3, 7-5 to reach the semi-finals for the fourth time. He bowed out in the semis last year to eventual champion Rafael Nadal.

The American has made it to the quarter-finals or better in five events this season, opening the year with by winning the title in Brisbane, making the quarters at the Australian Open and reaching the final of the ATP event in San Jose, California, last month.

Roddick broke Robredo in the penultimate game of each set and served out each with a love game.

Five of his six aces came in the second set and he didn’t face a break point in the entire match as he wrapped up the victory in an hour and 17 minutes.

Roddick next plays either fourth-seeded Briton Andy Murray or sixth-seeded Swede Robin Soderling.

Murray took a 2-1 career record against Soderling into their match, the Swede triumphing in their most recent meeting at Memphis in 2006.

Murray is vying to improve on his runner-up finish here last year. Although he fell in straight sets to Nadal in last year’s championship match, his run to the final proved a springboard to two Masters 1000 titles in North America – in Miami and Montreal.

This year the 22-year-old Scot reached the final of the Australian Open, falling to Swiss star Roger Federer. He returned in February in Dubai and lost in the second round.

The semi-finalists in the other half of the draw were decided Thursday, as third-seeded Nadal and Croatian veteran Ivan Ljubicic advanced with quarter-final wins.

In early women’s action on Friday, former world number one Jelena Jankovic of Serbia reached Sunday’s final with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over eighth-seeded Aussie Samantha Stosur.

Second-seeded Dane Caroline Wozniacki faced Polish fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska later Friday.

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