Roger Federer defeated his biggest opponent Rafael Nadal and moves into the BNP Paribas Open final. Federer played some amazing tennis and this was probably of his best ever performances against Nadal as he took the match in straight sets 6-3 6-4.
The conditions were far from perfect. After a lenghty rain delay the players got out onto the center court in Indian Wells.
In quite windy conditions, the match started with two break point chances for Nadal, but Federer’s serve helped him to save both of them and hold in the very first game of the first set. It was the Swiss who managed to break straight after the first change of ends to go 2-0 up. The Spaniard went 30-0 up once again on Federer’s serve, but the former world no.1 played some fantastic tennis to avert the break back. Relentlessly, the 6 times French Open champion kept on attacking Roger’s serve and eventually broke back in the 5th game. The next two games went with serve before it was Federer who struck again to take Nadal’s serve and served it out for a 1-0 set lead.
There were some more rain drops coming down at the beginning of the second set and the play had to be stopped for a little while, but luckily it resumed after a few minutes. Federer was quickly out of his box and handling the wind a lot better than his opponent, he went up a break to take a 2-1 lead. The Swiss had another two break point chances in the 5th game, but the Spaniard managed to avert the worst and stayed in the match at least for the moment. Federer broke once more and was serving for the match at 5-2, but Rafa didn’t want to give in so easily and broke right back. At 5-4, the 16 times Grand Slam Champion had a second chance to finish the match. Some spectacular rallies kept the crowd at the edges of their seats. Just as it was 40-30 and matchpoint Federer, it started to drizzle once more and there had to be a few minutes break again. When they resumed play, it only lasted a few seconds more as the Swiss genius fired and ace and it was all over.
Federer will now play John Isner for the title. Isner surprisingly defeated the world no.1 Djokovic in three sets 7-6 (7) 3-6 7-6 (5).