Indian Wells: Federer thrashes Nadal, Isner shocks Djokovic

March 18th, 2012 - 9:24 pm ICT by IANS  

Roger Federer Indian Wells (California), March 18 (IANS) Swiss maestro Roger Federer avenged his Australian Open semifinal loss to Rafael Nadal but ousting the Spaniard in straight sets while American John Isner shocked World No.1 Novak Djokovic in the other semi-final at the BNP Paribas Open here.

After a three-hour rain delay Saturday, when the pair took the court, Federer dismissed his long time rival 6-3, 6-4 to reach his fourth final here.

Serbian Djokovic suffered a shock defeat against Isner, who continued to prove his status as a serious contender on the men’s tour. The American though had to battle hard as he beat Djokovic 7-6(7), 3-6, 7-6(5) to reach his first ATP World Tour Masters final.

Having already won the tournament three consecutive times 2004-06, Federer will face the American Isner for a fourth title here.

“Very happy that a tough week like this gives me an opportunity to win the tournament,” Federer was quoted as saying by the official ATP website.

“Really it’s unbelievable that I never thought I would come so far. It’s been a great week so far, and it’s another opportunity tomorrow to make it even more special. Obviously conditions were tough today, and against one of my greatest rivals, it’s always nice if you come out on top, so I’m very, very happy.”

The 30-year-old leads the circuit with a 21-2 mark in 2012, and has won 38 of his past 40 matches since a semi-final exit at the US Open 2011.

Isner has already got the better of the Swiss player as he beat him in Davis Cup action this year.

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