Milos Raonic defeated Miomir Kecmanovic in their quarterfinals match to make it into the semi-finals of the Indian Wells.
The 19 years old Serbian player, Kecmanovic who is also ranked world no. 130th is the first lucky loser in tennis to have made it into the quarterfinals at the Indian Wells.
The last lucky loser to have achieved this mark was back in 1990. However, Kecmanovic was not that much of a big game for Milos Raonic who easily defeated him by 6-3 and 6-4.
Raonic, the 13th seeded player is now going to play against Dominic Thiem after his opponent, the 7th seeded Gael Monfils retired from their match after an Achilles heel injury.
Raonic said, “In few of the important game moments, my serve really helped me out. I only try to remain consistent with slightly being aggressive whenever needed.”
In their previous 2 meetings, Raonic has already defeated Thiem. Both of these meetings were played on hard courts and back in 2016.
On the women’s event front, Belinda Bencic shocked the fifth-seeded player Karolina Pliskova after defeating her by 6-3, 4-6 and 6-3 as she made it to women’s semi-finals.
With this win, Belinda’s world rank now improves to Top 20 when the WTA rankings will be updated on Monday morning.
Benic previously won the third title of her career last month at Dubai which is her first since 2015. As for her semi-finals match, she will be playing it against Angelique Kerber who defeated Venus Williams by 7-6 and 6-3.
Kerber talking about her match against the veteran Venus Williams said, “She changed the rhythm of math a little bit. She was going for it when she makes the lob one, the high one and the short ones. In the first set, I was moving everywhere on the court and after only that I had the chance to move her.”