Goffin beats Cilic to reach semifinals at Indian Wells
David Goffin, of Belgium, celebrates after defeating Marin Cilic, of Croatia, at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, Thursday, March 17, 2016, in Indian Wells, Calif. Goffin won 7-6 (4), 6-2. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) David Goffin defeated Marin Cilic 7-6 (4), 6-4 on Thursday to reach the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open, the best result so far of the Belgian's career.
Cilic was the second higher seeded player to lose to Goffin, who upset No. 3 Stan Wawrinka in the fourth round. Cilic lost to Goffin nearly two weeks ago on clay in Belgium during first-round Davis Cup play.
Goffin had an easier time with the 10th-seeded Cilic after needing a third-set tiebreaker to beat Wawrinka after the 25-year-old Belgian served for the match at 5-3 in the second and third sets. Cilic fell to 0-8 in quarterfinals at Masters 1000 events.
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