ATP Indian Wells 2016 Final: Raonic Looking For Breakthrough Against Djokovic

by: TennisMood March 20, 2016 254

ATP Indian Wells 2016 Final: Raonic Looking For Breakthrough Against Djokovic

World No. 1 and four-time BNP Paribas Open champion Novak Djokovic takes on No. 12 seed Milos Raonic on Sunday in the championship. Djokovic has won all five previous meetings (13-1 in sets). This will be the second final between the two. In Paris-Bercy in 2014, Djokovic won 62 63. Their last meeting came in the QF at the Australian Open last year with Djokovic winning 76 64 62. Both players have dropped one set in five matches en route to the final.

Djokovic is attempting to capture a record fifth BNP Paribas Open title and record-tying 27th career ATP Masters 1000 crown (w/Nadal). Djokovic has won his last 16 matches in Indian Wells and 15 in ATP Masters 1000 tournaments since his last loss in the 2015 Cincinnati final to Federer. The 28-year-old Serb is appearing in his 10th straight ATP Masters 1000 tournament final he’s competed in (DNP ’15 Madrid) going back to 2014 Paris-Bercy. He’s 7-2 in Masters 1000 finals during that stretch. Djokovic comes into the final with a 21-1 match record on the season.

Raonic is appearing in his third career ATP Masters 1000 final (0-2) and 17th overall (8-8) in his career. The 25-year-old Canadian is trying to become the first player born in the 1990s to capture an ATP Masters 1000 title. He was runner-up in Montreal in 2013 (l. to Nadal) and in Paris-Bercy in 2014 (l. to Djokovic). Raonic enters the final off to a career-best 14-1 start this season. He opened the year by winning the Brisbane title (d. Federer) and following with SF at Australian Open (l. to Murray in five sets).

Novak Djokovic Milos Raonic Indian Wells tennis

Djokovic 2016 FastFacts

Winner (2): Doha (d. Nadal); Australian Open (d. Murray); QF: Dubai (l. to Lopez)

YTD W-L: 20-1 (20-1 on hard)

YTD Titles: 2 / Career Titles: 61

Indian Wells W-L (Best Result): 45-6 (2008, 2011, 2014-2015 Champion)

Novak Djokovic Indian Wells tennis

  • 2016 Indian Wells: Since losing 1st set in opening match vs. Fratangelo, has won 10 sets. Avenged only loss of

    season and did not face a BP in 63 63 win over [18] Lopez in 4R. Then beat [7] Tsonga 76(2) 76(2) in QFs and [4]

    Nadal 76(5) 62 in SFs. Has won 16 matches in a row in IW since loss to del Potro in 2013 SFs

  • Tournament Note: No. 1 or No. 2 in Emirates ATP Rankings each week since winning 2011 title and 190th week at

    No. 1 in career (89 straight weeks since July 7, 2014). Appearing in 6th career final (4-1) and trying to become first 5-time winner in event history

  • Enters with a 21-1 match record on season and looking to become first three-time winner in 2016
  • In January, tied Emerson’s all-time record with 6th Australian Open title (d. No. 2 Murray)
  • Moved into tie with Laver and Borg for 5th all-time with 11 Grand Slam men’s singles titles
  • Won a 5-set match en route to title for 7th time at a major, overcoming 100 unforced errors in 4R (d. Simon)
  • Captured 60th career title to start season at Doha, not dropping a set all week (d. No. 5 Nadal)
  • Became 3rd active player to reach 700 wins by beating Jaziri in Dubai 2R on Feb. 24 (also Federer, Nadal)
  • Fell 1 shy of Lendl’s Open-Era record 18 straight finals when eye problem forced ret in Dubai QF (l. to Lopez)
  • Had not retired since 2011 Davis Cup SF vs. del Potro, a stretch of 350 matches (318-32)
  • Defeated Nedovyesov in 3 sets and Kukushkin in 5 sets to help Serbia beat Kazakhstan 3-2 in Davis Cup 1R
  • Appearing in 10th straight ATP Masters 1000 final (DNP ’15 Madrid) going back to ’14 Paris-Bercy and has a 7-2

    finals record during that stretch. Last year won a record six Masters 1000 titles. Overall is 61-26 in career finals and

    26-12 in ATP Masters 1000 finals

Raonic 2016 FastFacts

Winner Brisbane (d. Federer); SF: Australian Open (l. to Murray)

YTD W-L: 14-1 (14-1 on hard)

YTD Titles: 1 / Career Titles: 8

Indian Wells W-L (Best Result): 16-5 (2016 Finalist)

Milos Raonic Indian Wells tennis

  • 2016 Indian Wells: The 25-year-old Canadian is into first final and has won 10 of 11 sets, dropping only set in SF

    vs. [15] Goffin 63 36 63. Saved 2 set points in 2nd set en route to 64 76(7) win over [6] Berdych in 4R and followed

    with 75 63 victory over [13] Monfils on Thursday night. Last year (d. No. 3 Nadal in QF, l. to Federer in SF)

  • Infosys ATP Scores & Stats: No. 2 in tournament with 41 aces (behind Isner 60) and No. 3 with 92% of service

    games won (45 of 49), saving 5 of 9 break pts. Has 8.2 aces avg. compared to 15.5 on season. Has won 33% of

    return games (16 of 48) and coming into IW had 15% career avg. (17% this year)

  • Tournament Note: Saved 3 MPs to beat No. 3 Nadal 46 76(10) 75 en route to 2015 SF (l. to No. 2 Federer). His 16

    match wins is most at an ATP Masters 1000 tournament

  • Won 1st 9 matches of 2016 season, highlighted by 8th career ATP World Tour title at Brisbane (d. No. 3 Federer). Victory over Federer avenged loss to Swiss in 2015 Brisbane final
  • Upset No. 4 Wawrinka in 5 sets en route to 2nd Grand Slam SF at Australian Open (l. to No. 2 Murray in 5 sets)
  • Withdrew from Delray Beach, Acapulco and Davis Cup 1R due to adductor tear sustained in Australian Open SF
  • Appearing in 17th career ATP World Tour final (8-8), 3rd ATP Masters 1000 final (’13 Montreal, l. to Nadal; ’14 Paris-Bercy, l. to Djokovic)
  • Has a 20-42 career record vs. Top 10 opponents (3-1 this year) and 0-5 vs. No. 1s (3 vs. Djokovic, 2 vs. Nadal)
  • Will improve from No. 14 in the Emirates ATP Rankings to No.12 by reaching the final (No. 10 if wins title)

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