David Goffin reached his first Masters 1000 semi-final at the age of 26. To do it, the Belgian beat Marin Cilic, who he had already beat in the Davis Cup first round 10 days ago. It was a complicated success very different whan what the result says, 7-6 6-2.
Goffin, before winning the tie-break of the first set was forced to save 11 of 12 break points, four of them were set points for Cilic. David struggled to hold, but went through it with success saving three break points in the second game and another in the fourth. On the other side, Cilic did not have any problem until four-all, when he got broken by his opponent who served to lead 5-4. However the Belgian was not able to win the set despite he saved three break points. In the tie-break the former US Open champion went up 3-1, but from there Goffin won seven points on eight. It was an intense and important set for Goffin that was lost by Cilic with many chances not converted.
In the second set, the match changed very much: Goffin dictated the points and showed the conviction after having won the set. In the fourth game, Cilic remained in the match saving three break points, but then his opponent won four games in a row.
In the semi-finals he will play against Milos Raonic, who beat Gael Monfils 7-5 6-3. The Canadian had won the only meeting against the Frenchman at the Australian Open, which was the last tournament played by Milos before Indian Wells. Raonic, who has not lost any set this week so far, recovered very well, he fired nine aces and dropped just nine points on his first week. He made his life complicated in the first set, where he was up 4-2. The second set was easier for Milos, who went up 3-0 and then managed the advantage on the score. When there is the big stage, Raonic has been there this year: victory in Brisbane, semi-final at the Australian Open and now in Indian Wells. He does not want to stop here.