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Federer eases into Indian Wells semis

ESPN staff
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Federer through

Roger Federer kept up his bid for a fifth Indian Wells title after breezing into the semi-finals with a 7-5 6-1 victory over Kevin Anderson.

Anderson ended Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka's 13-match winning streak in the fourth round but was brushed aside by Federer in just over an hour. Yet to drop a set in four matches at the tournament, Federer didn't even lose serve against Anderson.

Federer next faces Alexandr Dolgopolov, who beat Andy Murray's fourth-round conqueror Milos Raonic 6-3 6-4.

Federer pounced to earn the only break in the first set in the last game, when Anderson netted a backhand volley.

"It was big to win the set and then to go on to break early in the second," Federer said. "Then double break was like a bonus. From then on I was home, basically. It was a really good match for me."

By then, Federer was on his way to winning 13 straight points. He broke Anderson twice in taking a 4-0 lead in the second set, having won seven consecutive games over both sets.

Dolgopolov's win ensured he will rise to a projected No.23 in next week's ATP Tour rankings. Already, he has made the biggest jump in the top 50, moving up 26 spots since the end of last year to No.31 before the tournament began.

"Obviously if you're ranked 20, 30, 40, you're a good enough player. To get in the top 10, you just need all those small things to be together and to be solid," he said. "It's really small differences from the players that are top 10 and top 50. I don't think I changed a lot, and it's working good; I'm staying healthy; I'm doing all the things I did but a little bit better."

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