The top two players on the ATP World Tour, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer will meet in the final of the final of the Indian Wells Masters 1000 event on Sunday. This marks the 38th time that the two will cross paths on the professional tour, with the Federer vs Djokovic Head to Head standing at 20-17. He has also won their most recent meeting in Dubai several weeks ago.
Earlier in the day, top seed Novak Djokovic breezed past Andy Murray in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3 to secure his spot in the final. He has now won his last six consecutive matches against Murray. Djokovic won 70% of his second serve points, saved two break points and converted four of his own to close out the match in one hour and 28 minutes.
“Even though it’s a straight-set victory, I still had to earn it,” said Djokovic. “I thought that he didn’t play close to his highest level. He made a lot of unforced errors, especially from the forehand side. Low percentage of first serves in. That allowed me to obviously step in and be aggressive.”
The second of the two semi-finals was a far more competitive affair, as Federer and Raonic went toe-to-toe until Federer found his opening late in the first set. The second set was a more confident one from Federer and he took advantage of an early break to secure the victory, 7-5, 6-4.
“I’m very happy [with] how well I’m playing,” said Federer. “[I] feel good physically. I feel refreshed after the holiday. I’m serving well, which is always crucial.”
The latest chapter in the remarkable rivalry between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer will be written on Sunday afternoon at Indian Wells, as the two top competitors will cross paths once again in the final of the tournament. Federer won their most recent encounter several weeks ago in Dubai but this is a surface that has done wonders for Djokovic and he will look to avenge that loss and even the score in their 2015 series.
Prediction: Novak Djokovic in Three Sets