Milos Raonic made sure Miomir Kecmanovic's good luck finally ran out at the BNP Paribas Open.
Raonic beat the 19-year-old Serb 6-3, 6-4 on Thursday to reach the semi-finals and improve his record to 19 wins and just four defeats at Indian Wells since 2014.
Raonic produced 13 aces and zero double faults in putting away Kecmanovic in 72 minutes on a sunny, windy and cool day in the Southern California
'Even when I was hitting the spots, I wasn't hitting them that well,' Raonic modestly said of his serving. 'I think that can get better.'
Kecmanovic was the first lucky loser to reach the quarter-finals at the tournament since it became a Masters 1000 event in 1990. Ranked 130th in the world, the Serb lost in qualifying, but his fortune soon turned.
Three seeded players withdrew before the tournament began, clearing the way for Kecmanovic to become a lucky loser and receive a first-round bye.
The teenager certainly made the most of it. Kecmanovic got by three players, including 30th-seeded Laslo Djere, in straight sets to set up his second meeting with Raonic.
That's where Kecmanovic's luck ended.
Raonic won 88 per cent of his first-serve points and saved all three break chances against him.
'I knew he had nothing to lose, and I had to be really disciplined with myself,' Raonic said.
Meanwhile, The string of upsets continued on the women's side.
Belinda Bencic beat fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to reach the semis, ensuring her return to the top 20 in the rankings.
'I wouldn't believe I win today again,' Bencic said. 'I'm not going to the court with any expectation. I'm just trying to play. This is the mentality I have, and this is the mentality I'm going to keep having.'
Bencic was pushed to three sets for the first time in four matches at the tournament. She was coming off a straight-set win over defending champion and No 1 seed Naomi Osaka in the fourth round.
Pliskova raced to 4-1 lead before wrapping up the second set. In the third, she overcame a break point to hold at 2-2 but only won one more game the rest of the way.
'Physically, it was tough somehow, and the wind didn't help much,' Pliskova said. 'So my serve was bad, my shots were bad.'
Bencic next plays the winner of Thursday's match between No 8 seed Angelique Kerber and Venus Williams.