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Dolgopolov surges into semis

Alexandr Dolgopolov stormed into the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells with a 6-3 6-4 victory over Canadian Milos Raonic.

Dolgopolov, the world number 31 who stunned world number one and defending champion Rafael Nadal in the third round, produced an accomplished display to reach the semi-finals of a Masters 1000 tournament for the first time.

The Ukrainian will next face the winner of Thursday night's match between 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer and in-form South African Kevin Anderson.

Dolgopolov has been in inspired form in the Californian desert and he made a fast start against Raonic, holding on to an early break to win the opening set.

Tenth seed Raonic won the first three games of the second set but Dolgopolov responded with a run of five in row to clinch a 6-3 6-4 victory.