The rivalry between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer continues as they are headed to the final match at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open on Sunday. As reported by CNN on March 15, these two talented tennis players both won their semifinal matches on Saturday at Indian Wells.
First up was Federer as he dominated Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov in a two set victory, 6-3, 6-1. The Swiss player did what he came to do and that was to make sure he booked a spot in the final at Indian Wells. He was serving well with seven aces in the match. After only a little over an hour of play, Federer is now hoping to grab his fifth Indian Wells title.
The 32-year-old tennis player is quite optimistic on his year so far, having won the title at Dubai just a couple weeks ago. He is looking towards the rest of the year with new energy and confidence, and says that he has a good balance right now.
"Now it's just a matter of keeping that up, taking the right decisions not to overplay, not to underplay, and enjoy yourself. Because at the end of the day, it's also very important," Federer said in a news conference.
Things weren’t quite as easy for Novak Djokovic in his match against John Isner. He won in a 7-5 6-7(2) 6-1 victory over the American, who is known for his powerful serve. After winning the opening set, the Serb wavered in the second as he was feeling the heat. He had two chances to close out the match for the win. However, Isner kept coming back and ended up forcing a tiebreak, and eventually won the second set. This delighted the roaring crowd as they were ready for more tennis.
A frustrated Djokovic then took over in the third set, only allowing Isner one game. The world number nine player took a short medical time-out to deal with some leg pain, which may have interfered with how he moved on the court. Djokovic took full advantage to finish it out as he now heads into the final against Federer.
"It was only fair that it went to a third set because I got lucky in the first set,” he said. “He should have won the first set and I should have won the second."
This will be the 33rd meeting between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, with Federer having a slight lead over their previous match ups, 17-15.