Indian Wells Flashback: Roger Federer downs Raonic and sets Novak Djokovic clash
by JOVICA ILIC | VIEW 4145
Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray reached the 2015 Indian Wells semi-final. Milos Raonic defeated Rafael Nadal in the quarter-final and set the semi-final clash with Federer. Roger and Milos met for the ninth time, and the Swiss scored his ninth win, beating the Canadian 7-5, 6-4 in an hour and 26 minutes.
Thus, the Swiss advanced into his sixth Indian Wells final, hoping to go further than in 2014 when Djokovic beat him in the final. The Swiss lost 16 points in 11 service games. He fended off the only break point offered to the Canadian and tamed his shots nicely with 15 winners and 11 unforced errors.
Milos was the more aggressive player, firing 25 winners and 28 mistakes and giving his best to remain in touch. Raonic offered seven break chances to Federer and suffered one break in each set to finish his journey in the semi-final.
Nothing could separate them in the shortest range up to four strokes, and Roger had a slight edge in the more advanced exchanges.
Roger Federer ousted Milos Raonic in the 2015 Indian Wells semi-final.
The Swiss claimed the crucial points and sealed the deal in straight sets to arrange another title clash with Novak Djokovic.
Raonic held at love in the encounter's first game, and Federer responded with a hold at 15 after a service winner to get his name on the scoreboard. The first chance for the returners came at 2-2 when Milos fired a service winner to remain on the positive side.
Roger leveled the score at 3-3 with a forehand winner in the next one after just 20 minutes. They stayed neck and neck in the next four games before Roger found the range on the return. The Swiss earned a break at 5-5 and 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 for the second straight time in the second set's opening game after Roger's backhand down the line winner. Federer landed an ace in the second game to wrap it up, open a 2-0 advantage and move closer to the finish line.
Raonic earned the first and only break chance in the fourth game. Roger denied it with a service winner and 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 made one last push and created a 30-0 lead, hoping to earn break chances. Instead, he sprayed a forehand error in the third point and spoiled his chances. Roger grabbed four straight points and sealed the deal with a volley winner at the net, propelling him into the title clash.