Tennis: Djokovic beats Murray in Indian Wells semi-final

INDIAN WELLS, United States (AFP) - World No. 1 Novak Djokovic advanced to his second-straight Indian Wells final with a 6-2, 6-3 demolition of fourth seeded Andy Murray at the Indian Wells tournament on Saturday.

The defending champion is trying to become the first player to win consecutive titles since Roger Federer claimed three straight, beginning in 2004.

"I just played solid," said Djokovic.

Djokovic will face the winner of the other semi-final between world No. 2 Federer and Canada's Milos Raonic, who upset Spain's Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals.

Djokovic clinched the one hour, 28 minute match when Murray hit a backhand into the net on centre court at the Tennis Garden stadium.

Djokovic hit one ace, hammered 27 winners and broke Murray's serve four times.

Scotland's Murray, who had won four straight matches to get to the semis, made 29 unforced errors and had four double faults.

"I expected a battle with Andy but he wasn't on the high quality he usually is," Djokovic said.

"He made a lot of unforced errors today."

Saturday's contest was a re-match of this year's Australian Open final which Djokovic won in four sets.

Djokovic extended his match win streak over Murray to six straight and has won 17 of 25 career contests between the two.

Murray saved three match points but he was unable to break Djokovic's serve and get on any kind of win streak.