March 19, 2015 / 9:34 PM / 4 years ago

Injured Tomic gifts Djokovic spot in semis

Novak Djokovic (SER) during his match against John Isner (USA) in the BNP Paribas open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Djokovic won 6-4, 7-6. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) - Top-seeded Serb Novak Djokovic was gifted a place in the BNP Paribas Open semi-finals when Australian Bernard Tomic pulled out of their quarter-final on Thursday, citing a back injury.

Tomic, ranked 32nd, had reached the last eight at an elite ATP Masters 1000 event for the first time with a 6-4 4-6 6-4 victory over compatriot Thanasi Kokkinakis in the previous round.

Serbian world number one Djokovic, who is bidding for a fourth Indian Wells crown, will take on either Scotland’s Andy Murray or Spaniard Feliciano Lopez in the semi-finals.

Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Steve Keating.

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