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

Injured Tomic gifts Djokovic spot in semis

(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.

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

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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