World number one Novak Djokovic too strong for Rafael Nadal

Djokovic beats Nadal Indian Wells final

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World number one Novak Djokovic moved closer to claiming a fifth Indian Wells title after he overcame Rafael Nadal on Saturday.

The Serbian eventually won 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 to move into the final where he will meet Milos Raonic.

Djokovic was pushed all the way during the opening set and Nadal showed glimpses of his former self. However, the Spaniard was unable to keep up the pace in the second set and Djokovic powered through as he looks to try and break more records.

A victory on Sunday will give Djokovic his 27th Masters Series title, levelling Nadal’s bench-mark. A fifth Indian Wells crown will also put him one in front of Roger Federer.

Djokovic’s latest win in California sees him improve his head-to-head record against Nadal, which now includes six straight victories.

Speaking after his win, the 28-year-old was quick to admit he was pleased with his battling performance.

He told Sky Sports: “I think resilience and hanging in there. Staying tough at the crucial moments.

“I had a pretty bad start, a double fault and I handed him the break but I managed to fight my way back instantly in the third game. I had a couple of break points that I maybe could have capitalised on.

“But Rafa is a great fighter and conditions here are suitable for his style of the game – the top spin is brutal!

“It wasn’t easy to handle that but I fought my way through in the first set and it was decided on one or two points but the second set was much better.”

Djokovic is the heavy favourite for Sunday’s final at odds of 1.17, while Raonic is priced at 5.00.

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