INDIAN WELLS (AFP) - Novak Djokovic toppled a resurgent Rafael Nadal in straight sets on Saturday to reach the Indian Wells final, where he will be seeking a third straight and record fifth overall title.
The 28-year-old world No. 1 from Serbia was the heavy favourite coming into the joint ATP and WTA Tour event and he showed why as he dispatched long-time rival and nine-time French Open champion Nadal 7-6 (7-5), 6-2.
"Today the first set was decided by just one or two points," Djokovic said. "The second set was very close and I played the last three games very well.
"I am glad I overcame this challenge, which is one of the greatest in sport, playing against Rafa."
Djokovic improved to 21-1 this season and will square off in Sunday's final against Canadian Milos Raonic, who beat Belgian David Goffin 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.
The women's final is also on Sunday with Serena Williams vying for her first Indian Wells title since 2001 when she takes on former champion Victoria Azarenka.