Wawrinka overcomes Thiem to reach Indian Wells semis

By Dejan Kalinic 17 March 2017 234
Wawrinka overcomes Thiem to reach Indian Wells semis

Stan Wawrinka battled into the BNP Paribas Open semi-finals with a hard-fought win over Dominic Thiem on Thursday.

The Swiss third seed survived yet another test at Indian Wells, edging Thiem 6-4 4-6 7-6 (7-2).

It marked a second consecutive round in which Wawrinka has been pushed to a third-set tie-break, having overcome Yoshihito Nishioka in the last 16.

Thiem, the world number nine, had his chances in the third set, but also had to come from a break down to force a tie-break.

Wawrinka won five straight points from 2-2 in the tie-break, having been denied by the Austrian in the 12th game.

It marked a third straight win for Wawrinka over Thiem, who had claimed victory in their first meeting.



Wawrinka's semi-final opponent is Pablo Carreno Busta, who battled to a 6-1 3-6 7-6 (7-4) win over Pablo Cuevas.

The Spaniard saved two match points to advance to a maiden ATP 1000 semi-final.

Wawrinka has won both of his previous matches against Carreno Busta, although they were on clay.

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