Sport24.co.za | Djokovic crushes Murray

Indian Wells – World No 1 Novak Djokovic crushed Britain’s Andy Murray 6-2, 6-3 to reach the final of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Saturday.

Serb Djokovic will play the winner of Saturday’s other semi-final between second ranked Roger Federer and Canadian Milos Raonic after a dominant display.

Djokovic has now won six straight matches against the Scotsman since his defeat in the 2013 Wimbledon final and owns a 17-8 record in their career meetings.

“It went really well from the beginning,” said Djokovic. “I came out with the right intensity and Andy made a lot of unforced errors. I just played solid and I am happy with the performance,” Djokovic said after the one hour, 28 minute match.

“I was expecting a battle, it always is with Andy but today I guess he wasn’t as close as where he wanted to be on a high quality. I just hung in there and played tactically right.”

The defending champion broke Murray three times to win the opening set and never looked in danger of needing a third set to secure his place in the final.

Djokovic, who has won three times in Indian Wells, looked sharp right from the outset while Murray made just two first serves in six points in his opening service game.

Murray made a series of unforced errors, and having fallen a set behind, he struggled to find a way to turn the momentum in his direction.  

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