Djokovic beats Nadal to reach Indian Wells final
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) Novak Djokovic continued his recent mastery of Rafael Nadal on hard courts, winning 7-6 (5), 6-3 on his sixth match point Saturday to reach the BNP Paribas Open final for the second straight year.
The world's top-ranked player will meet Milos Raonic in Sunday's final, with Djokovic trying to win a record fifth title in the California desert.
Djokovic extended his advantage over Nadal on hard courts to 18-7, winning the last seven times since the Spaniard beat him in the 2013 U.S. Open final. The Serb also owns a 25-23 edge in the longest running rivalry in the Open era, having won six straight meetings and 10 of the last 11.
Nadal, a three-time winner here, came up short in making his 100th career singles final with his second loss to Djokovic this year. The Serb won in the final at Doha in January. Nadal hasn't won a title on hard courts since 2014 in Doha.