Indian Wells Flashback: Roger Federer downs Raonic and sets Novak Djokovic clash



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Indian Wells Flashback: Roger Federer downs Raonic and sets Novak Djokovic clash

Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic reached the semi-final at the season's first Masters 1000 event in Indian Wells in 2005. Milos Raonic spoiled Rafael Nadal's party, though, defeating the Spaniard 4-6, 7-6, 7-5 in three hours in the quarter-final to set the semi-final clash against Federer.

It was their tenth encounter, and Roger grabbed the ninth victory after ousting Milos 7-5, 6-4 in an hour and 26 minutes for the sixth Indian Wells final. The Swiss lost 16 points in 11 service games, fending off the only break point offered to the Canadian and taming his shots nicely with 15 winners and 11 unforced errors.

Raonic was the more aggressive player, firing 25 winners and 28 mistakes to offer Federer seven break chances. The Canadian experienced one break in each set to finish his journey in the semis. Nothing could separate them in the shortest range up to four strokes, and Federer had a slight edge in the more advanced exchanges.

The Swiss claimed the crucial points and sealed the deal in straight sets to bring another title match against Djokovic. Raonic held at love in the first game, and Federer responded with a hold at 15 after a service winner to get his name on the scoreboard.

In 2015, Roger Federer toppled Milos Raonic to reach the final.

The first chance for the returners came at 2-2 when Milos fired a service winner to remain on the positive side, and Roger leveled the score at 3-3 with a forehand winner after 20 minutes.

They stayed neck and neck in the next four games before Roger found the range on the return and earned a break at 5-5. The Swiss closed the opener with three winners in the 12th game for 7-5 after 45 minutes. Fading from the court in those moments, Milos got broken in the second set's first game after Roger's backhand down the line winner.

The Swiss opened a 2-0 gap with an ace and moved closer to the finish line with a set and a break advantage on his tally. Raonic earned the first and only break chance in the fourth game, denied by a service winner from Federer, who closed the game with another unreturned serve to remain in front.

The Swiss held at 15 in games six and eight with service winners and served for the victory at 5-4. Milos created a 30-0 lead before spraying a forehand error that could have given him three break chances. Roger grabbed four straight points and sealed the deal with a volley winner at the net to stay on the title course.