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Rafael Nadal - Novak Djokovic Live

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  1. - - What a result! And what a match! Djokovic brushes Nadal aside in that third and final set, and wins his 18th match out of 18th this year! It's a third title for the Serb in 2011, which adds further weight to the argument that Djokovic is currently the best player in the world! Thanks for joining our live coverage tonight, and throughout the tournament.

  2. - - NADAL 6-4 3-6 2-6 - DJOKOVIC WINS THE INDIAN WELLS MASTERS! Nadal shanks a second serve return wide, before returning Djokovic's next return long over the baseline for 30-0. A third massive serve - again returned over the baseline - gives Djokovic three championship points, and Nadal sends a forehand into the net to hand Djokovic the title!

  3. - - NADAL 6-4 3-6 2-5 - Nadal does exactly what he needs to - racing through a quick-fire hold to move the pressure right back onto Djokovic's shoulders. The Serb will now serve for the title, and Nadal needs to break twice!

  4. - - NADAL 6-4 3-6 1-5 - Nadal moves to within a game of a first ever victory over Nadal in a final with another comfortable hold of serve - finding a power and angle on his serve that Nadal just can't get on top of. His confidence and self-belief on almost every point is obvious, and it's unusual for Nadal to be the least confident player on court! Nadal to serve to stay in the championship

  5. - - NADAL 6-4 3-6 1-4 - Nadal rushes into the net at 15-all but even that's not working for him now - he slams a forehand low into the net. A couple of strong serves dig him out of trouble, and he finally gets a game on the board in the third set with an unreturnable serve. Better from Nadal, but he's a long, long way behind in this set...

  6. - - NADAL 6-4 3-6 0-4 - Who saw this coming? Djokovic slams a fourth ace down Nadal's throat to move four games clear in the deciding set, and he's looking unstoppable at the moment. Nadal has gone from playing electrifying, untouchable tennis in the opening set to struggling just to keep the ball in play. Nadal has made 11 unforced errors so far in this set. Djokovic? Three.

  7. - - NADAL 6-4 3-6 0-3 - BREAK! What a set this is becoming for Djokovic! He takes another point off Nadal's serve straight away, before the Spaniard draws level at 15-all with one of the points of the tournament - Nadal ending a blockbuster rally with adeft forehand drop-shot. The Spaniard begins to show real signs of frustration as he hands Djokovic another break point with a wild forehand into the tramlines, and the Serb converts as Nadal's backhand from the baseline clips the net and goes long!

  8. - - NADAL 6-4 3-6 0-2 - This is fast becoming routine for Djokovic, who rockets through a quick-fire hold of serve. The gladiatorial rallies of the first set seem a million miles away at the moment, and Nadal is actually starting to look slightly jaded in the Californian desert!

  9. - - NADAL 6-4 3-6 0-1 - BREAK! An unbelievable start to this third and final set! Nadal just doesn't get going on serve, and again Djokovic is punishing the second serve. Nadal pings the ball wide to hand over the game, and the Serb is just a brick wall at the moment

  10. - - NADAL 6-4 3-6 - SET! Djokovic absolutely busts a gut on his way to 40-15, but fails to convert the first of his two set points after some quite spectacular defensive shots from Nadal - pinging the ball from baseline corner to baseline corner until the Serb sends a backhand into the net. He then double-faults again at the worst possible moment, allowing the Spaniard back up to deuce. After a lengthy exchange from deuce, Djokovic finally takes the set on the sixth set point.

  11. - - NADAL 6-4 3-5 - BREAK! Djokovic starts the seventh game in sublime fashion. The next world number two earns three break points with a spectacular lob, but fails to convert the first two with a couple of wayward, almost nervous-looking shots from the baseline. A vicious rally ensues with Djokovic 40-30 up, but Nadal hands over the break with a forehand into the net! That's three breaks on the trot, and Nadal's first serve percentage is a quite horrendous 25% for the second set!

  12. - - NADAL 6-4 3-4 - BREAK! Wow. Nadal shows exceptional control with the new balls (and a new racquet, to boot) as he expertly lobs Djokovic on the opening point of the Serb's serve, before going 30-0 up with an equally exquisite forehand pass down the line. Djokovic steals a point back, but a wayward groundstroke hands Nadal two break points! The Spaniard wastes the first - with a lob that lands a good two feet over the baseline - but Djokovic double-faults to hand over the break!

  13. - - NADAL 6-4 2-4 - BREAK! That's much, much better from Djokovic! The Serb finally gets some joy on Nadal's serve, and does so by dictating the baseline rallies with that vicious forehand - much as he did against Federer in the semi-final. He successfully challenges a forehand down the line (initially called out) to earn a break point, but Nadal saves with a stunning topspin forehand, but a couple of uncharacteristic errors from the back of the court hand over the break from deuce!

  14. - - NADAL 6-4 2-3 - What a rally to start off the fifth game of the set! Nadal eventually nets a backhand after a quite sensational rally, but Djokovic drags a backhand wide of the tramlines on the next point to let Nadal up to 15-all. Djokovic then slams a forehand winner down the left sideline from the net, and brings up two game points with another thunderbolt serve. Nadal drags a backhand into the tramlines to surrender the game.

  15. - - NADAL 6-4 2-2 - Comfortable start for Nadal - moving up to 30-0 with a tremendous second serve. He then wins yet another point on serve with a spectacular backhand winner down the line, which even Djokovic applauds! The Serb then returns an awkward Nadal second serve wide to hand the Spaniard another utterly comfortable hold of serve

  16. - - NADAL 6-4 1-2 - Nadal's focus just seems to dip in the third game of this set, as he pings a backhand a good few inches wide of the right sideline to go 30-0 down. Nadal then fails to return two more big serves from Djokovic, and hands the Serb a morale-boosting service game to love. This set could go either way at the moment, but both players are having to work incredibly hard for every point

  17. - - NADAL 6-4 1-1 - A couple of big serves from Nadal lift the Spaniard to 30-0, and Djokovic hands him another point with an awkward half volley. Djokovic just can't find a way past Nadal in these rallies, and he's being punished for it. A long return hands Nadal another love service game, and that's the 12th point he's won on serve out of the last 13

  18. - - NADAL 6-4 0-1 - That'll do for Djokovic. He brings up a game point at 30-all with a big serve - returned into the net by Nadal - and converts with a terrific inside out forehand to the right sideline.

  19. - - NADAL 6-4 - SET! Ooof, that's the way to do it! Nadal brings up three set points with a 130mph ace out wide, and Djokovic surrenders the game with a limp backhand return into the net. This match has been everything we could have hoped for so far - with both players hitting some shots that almost defy belief. The difference between the two so far is probably Djokovic's relatively limp second serve, which the Serb has only won 40% of points on. Second set coming up!

  20. - - NADAL 5-4 - Djokovic goes 30-0 up with one deft drop shot and a vicious crosscourt backhand, before moving up to 40 with a decent second serve out wide and a looping forehand winner down the line. A massive serve snaps up the game to love for the Serb, but that won't bother Nadal one bit - he's about to serve for the set!

  21. - - NADAL 5-3 - That's a crucial, crucial hold of serve for Nadal, breaking the run of serves with a comfortable hold to love. Worryingly for Djokovic, he just didn't compete...

  22. - - NADAL 4-3 - BREAK! Djokovic earns advantage, before throwing it away with a slack forehand into the net. He then does exactly the same with a backhand at deuce to hand Nadal a break point, and berates himself for the error. Another furious rally from the baseline follows, but a weary-looking Djokovic sends another weak backhand into the net to concede the third consecutive break of the set!

  23. - - NADAL 3-3 - A 124mph ace from Djokovic makes it five points in a row for the Serb, before Nadal breaks the run with a backhand drop from the net. The Spaniard then whips a curling forehand down the line to draw level, and he's really having to up his game to best Djokovic here! Nadal returns a big Djokovic serve down the middle back into the net to go 40-30 down, but forces deuce with another deft volley at the net...

  24. - - NADAL 3-3 - BREAK! Nadal drifts a backhand horribly wide into the tramlines for 15-all, before going ahead with a strong serve onto the service line. Djokovic hauls himself level to 30-all with an ambitious, angled shot, before earning a break-back point with an almost unbelievable crosscourt backhand! That's the best shot he's played all match, and he follows it up with a stunning forehand down the line to break! Utterly sublime tennis from Djokovic.

  25. - - NADAL 3-2 - BREAK! Nadal sends a forehand into the net to waste the next break point, and a horrible forehand over the baseline surrenders the third. He wins another with an absolutely sublime backhand volley right onto the sideline (with both feet off the floor!), before netting again from the baseline with a tentative backhand. Djokovic then double-faults for a fifth and final break point, which is converted when the Serb fires a forehand over the baseline.

  26. - - NADAL 2-2 - Too good from Nadal on the first point of the fifth game - driving Djokovic into the right baseline corner before coming into the net and landing a delicate crosscourt drop. The Spaniard then moves to 30-0 after besting another punishing rally with a fizzing forehand down the line, before earning three break points with another tremendous forehand from the net. Djokovic saves the first with a lucky forehand that clips the top of the net and lands inside the right baseline corner...

  27. - NADAL 2-2 - Nadal throws everything at Djokovic on the opening point of his second service game, but the Serb fires back with interest! A looping forehand just over the baseline hands the first point to Djokovic, but another horrible shank off the Serb's racquet frame lets Nadal level. Two brilliant serves - one to Djokovic's body, the other sliding out wide - bring up two game points, which are converted with another ferocious first serve. Who's going to wobble first?

  28. - - NADAL 1-2 - Nadal ends a lengthy rally with a backhand into the net to go 30-0 down on Djokovic's serve, but the Serb shanks a forehand horribly long off the racquet frame to keep the Spaniard alive in the game. Another enormous serve opens up game point, though, which he converts with a wonderful crosscourt forehand. This has been a very impressive start from Djokovic!

  29. - - NADAL 1-1 - That's equally emphatic from Nadal - thrashing a couple of massive first serves down Djokovic's throat to go 40-0 up, before landing a looping forehand right onto the back of the baseline to secure the game.

  30. - - NADAL 0-1 - Very comfortable start from Djokovic on serve - holding to 15 with a big ace at the end. Nadal slow getting started, sending a couple of serves disappointingly into the net.

  31. - - These two have met 23 times before, going way back to 2006. Nadal has won 16 of those encounters, including the last two

  32. - - Djokovic lost the spin of the coin, and Nadal has chosen to receive serve first

  33. - - We should be set for a titanic showdown this evening. On the one hand, winning Masters titles is something Rafael Nadal has become rather accustomed to (he's got a record 18 titles to his name) but, on the other hand, Novak Djokovic is probably the form player in the world right now. He's unbeaten in 2011, too. We're moments away from getting underway in this mouth-watering final!

  34. - - Good evening and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Indian Wells Masters final between world number one Rafael Nadal and Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic!

Rafael Nadal

Nationality ESP
Date of Birth 03/06/1986
Height 1.85 m
Weight 85 kg

Novak Djokovic

Nationality SRB
Date of Birth 22/05/1987
Height 1.88 m
Weight 80 kg

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