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Indian Wells 2015 Results: Men's Semifinals Scores, Updated Finals Schedule

Published by Bleacher Report on Sun, 22 Mar 2015

Only one day remains before two champions will be crowned at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.As one of the bigger tournaments on the ATP and WTA Tours, the BNP Paribas Open wasn't lacking in star power, and that's evident in the men's and women's finals. Tennis fans will get to see four of the best in the world face off for bragging rights.Here's a look at how we got here.Semifinals ResultsFinals ScheduleMen's Singles AnalysisNovak Djokovic advanced through the quarterfinals without having to hit a single groundstroke. Citing back pain and a toothache, Bernard Tomic withdrew before the match, meaning Djokovic automatically won in a walkover.In the semifinals, Djokovic only met slightly more resistance as he dispatched Andy Murray in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3. The No. 1 player in the world hardly broke a sweat, winning 62 percent of his first serves and 70 percent of his second serves.Murray, meanwhile, double-faulted on four occasions and watched as Djokovic broke his serve four times throughout the match. Two of those breaks came on Murray's first three service games."I'd have liked to have started both sets better," he said after the match, per BBC Sport. "He was up very quickly in both, and coming from behind against those guys is tough."BBC Sport's Russell Fuller felt that Murray's slow start was his ultimate undoing:The battle between Murray and Djokovic has certainly been one-sided of late. Djokovic has now won 17 of the 25 head-to-head meetings between the two, including the last seven in a row.The Serbian star will meet Roger Federer in Sunday's final after Federer beat Milos Raonic, 7-5, 6-4.The story of the match was how the two continued exchanging serves. By the time it was all said and done, Raonic won 44 of his 64 service points, with Federer slightly better at 47-of-63. They also combined to have 14 aces to just one double fault.The first set looked destined for a tiebreak before Federer earned his first service break and took a 6-5 set lead, per Ben Rothenberg of The New York Times:Things then unraveled early in the second set for Raonic with Federer getting his second break, per SI Tennis:From there, Federer simply needed to hold serve for the duration of the set, which is exactly what he did, to get the victory.The 33-year-old Swiss continues to be a freak of nature with regard to his longevity. Aging stars can often continue playing the sport at a relatively high level into their mid-30s but not to the extent that they remain one of the best in the world. David Law of BBC 5 Live highlights Federer's amazing longevity:Right now, Federer is the second-best player in men's tennis, and he'll have an opportunity to make his case for the No. 1 spot in the final against Djokovic.Over the course of their rivalry, Federer owns a slim 20-17 edge, and the two have exchanged victories in their last eight meetings.Women's Singles AnalysisBoth semifinals in the women's singles draw occurred on Friday. Serena Williams withdrew with a knee injury, allowing Simona Halep to advance to the final in a walkover. In the other semifinal, Jelena Jankovic downed Sabine Lisicki in three sets, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.Halep and Jankovic have faced off on four occasions, with the former winning three. Troubling for Jankovic is that she hasn't won since the first round of the 2010 U.S. Open. Not to mention Halep had an extra day off to prepare for the final.It will be interesting if Jankovic can get the better of Halep this time around. The Romanian owns the power advantage, but Jankovic's beautiful backhand might be able to single-handedly keep her in the match.She spoke about how much she relies on that one shot, per Carole Bouchard:"She's a tough player, tough opponent," Halep said of Jankovic, per WTATennis.com. "I've played many matches against her, and every one was really difficult. I know I'll have to run a lot, hit the balls strong and be aggressive."Given the two players' differing styles, the women's singles final should be an intriguing tactical battle.Note: Men's semifinal stats are courtesy of ATPWorldTour.com.
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