Novak defeated Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2 in one hour to advance to the Indian Wells final. 28 mins.

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The Serb, who dropped 14 points in nine service games and was broken once, earned his third triumph.

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He utilised Nadal's racket to create additional errors.

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In the next game, the Serb blasted a forehand error and encountered a break to trail 2-1.

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The third-ranked player in the world hit an ace down the tee line in the ninth game to take the lead, close out the first set, and advance to the second.

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The defending champions won the third game at 15 and lost a break opportunity to put Novak on the winning side in the following game.

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In the seventh game, Nadal served again after his drop shot missed the net and descended farther.

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A few minutes later, Djokovic tied a serve winner, celebrated a decisive victory, and went on to the final.

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I had a strong game and used strategy. I was aware that I had to be assertive.

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I was fortunate that the pivotal game's break came at 4-3.

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