Goffin advances to semis at Indian Wells

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Indian Wells (United States) (AFP)

David Goffin toppled 10th-seeded Marin Cilic 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 to become the first Belgian male to reach the Indian Wells semi-finals on Thursday.

The 25-year-old Goffin saved four set points in the 12th game of the first set before taking it in a tiebreaker.

Goffin then breezed through the second set, finishing with seven aces overall in the 97-minute match at Indian Wells, one of the biggest events on the ATP and WTA calendar outside of the four Grand Slams.

"That first set was a great battle," said Goffin, who broke Cilic three times in the quarter-final. "It was tough to stay focused.

"I had a break 5-4 but it is always tough to finish a set."

Goffin advances to the last four, where he will face either Canada's Milos Raonic or Frenchman Gael Monfils.

"I deserve to relax a little bit then be ready for the next round," Goffin said. "First I am going to enjoy this win with my team.

"I am really pleased with the way I am playing at the moment. I hope I can keep going."

Goffin also defeated Cilic on a clay court in Belgium during the Davis Cup first round on March 6.

Daria Kasatkina's surprising run at Indian Wells came to an abrupt halt when she was humbled 6-3, 6-2 by 18th-seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova in the women's quarter-finals.

Pliskova needed a little over an hour to oust the 18-year-old Russian, the lone teen to reach the quarters.

Only two of the top 12 seeds on the women's side of the draw have reached the semi-finals -- number one Serena Williams and number three Agnieszka Radwanska.

Two-time winner Williams is one of two former Indian Wells champions still in contention. Victoria Azarenka, who won in 2012, is taking the court later against Magdalena Rybarikova.