4. Djokovic – still a class apart 

Novak Djokovic improved his hard-court record against Rafael Nadal to 18-7, with wins in their past six meetings. He will play Milos Raonic on Sunday for his fifth title at Indian Wells. Julian Finney/Getty Images
Novak Djokovic improved his hard-court record against Rafael Nadal to 18-7, with wins in their past six meetings. He will play Milos Raonic on Sunday for his fifth title at Indian Wells. Julian Finney/Getty Images

After dealing with a tricky first set against Nadal which went into a tie break, Djokovic showed why he is the best as he closed down the first set winning important points to win the tie break 7-5.

Djokovic closed down the match in a professional way, hardly giving Nadal any chance in the second set to win it comfortably 6-2.

“Yeah, he was better; undoubtedly he prefers playing here comparing to Doha,” Djokovic said of Nadal. “I think these conditions played in his favor more because of the ball bounce and the speed of the court.” “I managed to stay composed and serve well in important moments and just believed that I can win,” Djokovic said.

He will face, now, face an opponent who is having a year of his own in Milos Raonic. Djokovic is favorite to win his 27th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 – a record currently held by Nadal. If Djokovic is to win it this time as well, he will have to bring out his A-game to beat the 6 foot 5 inch Canadian.

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