Novak Djokovic continued his perfect season with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 victory over Roger Federer in the semifinal of the BNP Paribas Open.Â The victory will give the Serb a bump in the rankings come Monday, up to no. 2 in the world, while Federer will fall to No. 3.
Quotes on the match from Djokovic:
“That was the biggest test of the tournament for me today “Any time I play Roger, it’s a big challenge.
“I didn’t really pay too much attention on who is favorite or number one, number two in the rankings. I just wanted to take that match as another big challenge. It was very good.”
“It was a very close match up to the last point and you really couldn’t say who’s gonna take the win.”Â “You could feel the intensity and the pressure with both of us.
“That fifth game in the third set was crucial to make a break, and then I played very solid.”
“I’ve played the best tennis of my life in the last three months … I think I deserve it.”
It Was Djokovic’s third consecutive win over Federer. The victory moves Djokovic to the final of Indian Wells where he’ll face Rafael Nadal. Nadal rallied from 1-4 down in the first set to defeat Juan Martin Del Potro 6-4, 6-4.
Going into the Sunday final Nadal holds a 5-o record against Djokovic in finals and Djokovic leads Nadal 7-5 in matches on hardcourt.
In Men’s doubles the new team of Alexandr Dolgopolov and Xavier Malisse defeated Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 6-7, 10-7 for the championship.