Djokovic defeats Nadal to advance to Indian Wells final

Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, celebrates after defeating Rafael Nadal, of Spain, in a semifinal at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, Saturday, March 19, 2016, in Indian Wells, Calif. Djokovic won 7-6 (5), 6-2. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

INDIAN WELLS – Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, the current world number one in men’s tennis, beat Rafael Nadal of Spain 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 in the Indian Wells ATP Masters semi-final Saturday and will bid for his fifth career title at the tournament.

In Sunday’s final against Canada’s Milos Raonic, he will have the opportunity to win a third consecutive title in the Californian desert.

After the sixth consecutive victory over Nadal, Djokovic is 25-23 head-to-head against the Spaniard.

The prize money at Indian Wells is USD 7.1 million.


  1. Bravo, an all Serbian final. Milos is of course a Serb born in Podgorica, Montenegro.

    The two best “Canadian” tennis players are both Serbian. Milos and Belgrade-born, Daniel Nestor, or should we call him by his full name, Nestorovic.