Djokovic and Federer to do battle for Indian Wells title

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Updated: March 16, 2014

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Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer will do battle for the first Masters Series title of the year at Indian Wells after both won their semifinal clashes in the Californian desert.

Federer, a 4 times winner, continued his impressive run when he demolished Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgolopov, 6/3, 6/1. The Swiss, playing with a new found confidence since the addition of former Slam winner Stefan Edberg to his coaching team, stretched his unbeaten run to 11 matches and gave himself a shot at a second consecutive title after his win last time out at the Dubai Duty Free Championships.

Novak Djokovic had to battle harder to overcome 2012 finalist and local favourite John Isner, the Serbian needing 3 sets, eventually winning, 7/5, 6/7, 6/1 to set up another blockbuster meeting between the two.

The pair will meet for the 33rd time with Federer holding the advantage with 17 wins to Djokovic’s 15 and despite the Serbian enjoying most of the recent success with 7 wins from their last 10, Federer will take to the final knowing that just 2 weeks ago he got the better of Djokovic in the semifinals of Dubai.

The ladies final which also takes place today, will feature Agnieszka Radwanska and Flavia Pennetta. Head to head, Radwanska has dominated her opponent with 5 wins from 7 meetings however Pennetta overcame the Pole in Dubai recently with a straight sets win on the same hard court surface.