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Tennis: Djokovic at the double

Two-time champion Novak Djokovic cruised past an overmatched Julien Benneteau 6-1, 6-3 on Friday to reach the semi-finals of the Indian Wells ATP Masters. Djokovic, the world number two and the highest seed left in the draw after the early exit of number one Rafael Nadal, didn't face a break point in the 68 minute encounter, although he insisted the match "wasn't easy". "I had to stay focused," said Djokovic, who won the title in the California desert in 2008 and 2011 but fell in the semi-finals the past two years.

Tennis: Djokovic at the double

Two-time champion Novak Djokovic cruised past an overmatched Julien Benneteau 6-1, 6-3 on Friday to reach the semi-finals of the Indian Wells ATP Masters. Djokovic, the world number two and the highest seed left in the draw after the early exit of number one Rafael Nadal, didn't face a break point in the 68-minute encounter, although he insisted the match "wasn't easy."

Tennis: Djokovic books semi-final clash with Isner

Second-seeded Novak Djokovic swept past unseeded Frenchman Julien Benneteau on Friday to set up a semi-final showdown with American John Isner at the Indian Wells ATP Masters. Djokovic, a two-time champion in the California desert, needed just 68 minutes to power past Benneteau 6-1, 6-3. The world number two didn't face a break point in the match, but had the chance to break Benneteau in all but the first of the Frenchman's service games.

Djokovic, Isner ease into Indian Wells semis

(Reuters) - Serbia's Novak Djokovic and American John Isner cruised into the last four of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Friday with straight-sets wins in the quarter-finals. Djokovic hardly raised a sweat in the Californian desert as he eased to a 6-1 6-3 victory over Frenchman Julien Benneteau, before the towering Isner rode his booming serve to a 7-6(4) 7-6(3) win over Latvia's Ernests Gulbis.

Tennis: Djokovic looking to jump-start stuttering season

A stuttering start to 2014 doesn't have world number two Novak Djokovic pushing the panic button just yet. The Serbian star admits his failure to win a fourth straight Australian Open crown in January gave his early 2014 campaign a different flavor. But the world's second-ranked player insisted Friday he trusts he has the tools to turn things around. "It's a different feel, definitely," said Djokovic, who will launch his campaign at the Indian Wells ATP Masters this weekend against Romanian Victor Hanescu.

Tennis: Food for the soul helps Djokovic over Australian loss

Novak Djokovic has found "food for the soul" to aid his comeback from one of the toughest losses of his career, something which may help his defence of the Dubai Open title in the coming week. The seven-time former Grand Slam champion has relived some of his Serbian childhood memories to help overcome the pain from the loss of the Australian Open title last month. The popular tournament here will see Djokovic's first return to the ATP Tour since that Melbourne disappointment and has already sparked a candour and an openness about his recovery.

Tennis: Djokovic magnanimous as 'epic' run ends

Three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic was magnanimous in defeat on Tuesday as his golden run at the Australian Open was halted by Stanislas Wawrinka in a pulsating five-set quarter-final. Wawrinka emerged from the shadow of his legendary Swiss Davis Cup team-mate Roger Federer to make his own world headlines with an upset win over six-time Slam champion Djokovic. The Swiss eighth seed beat Djokovic 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 9-7 in a four-hour quarter-final on Rod Laver Arena to set up a semi-final with Czech seventh seed Tomas Berdych.

Djokovic looks to Boris boost for fifth Australian title

By Nick Mulvenney MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic admits he has taken a gamble by making changes to his coaching team but is hoping for great things from his partnership with former grand slam champion Boris Becker. The Serbian will be without the support of Marian Vijda, his coach for the last eight years, when he begins his bid for a fifth Australian Open title against Lukas Lacko on Monday.

Old rivalries resume as Djokovic hires Becker

By Martyn Herman (Reuters) - Boris Becker once shared a bitter rivalry with Ivan Lendl across the net and now the two former world number ones will try to outwit each other from courtside after the German's shock appointment as coach to Novak Djokovic. After Djokovic was named ITF World Champion for 2013, despite being overshadowed by Spain's Rafa Nadal, Serbia's world number two announced the first shake-up of his team since a short and unsuccessful spell with Todd Martin in 2009.

Tennis: Djokovic sees record streak as boost for 2014

Novak Djokovic failed to lead Serbia to a Davis Cup triumph on Sunday, but a streak of 24 straight victories left him upbeat for next season in which he vows to focus on Grand Slam titles. The world number two swept the Czech Republic's Radek Stepanek and Tomas Berdych in straight sets, but his two points did not stop the Czechs from winning their second straight Davis Cup trophy, 3-2. Still, the wins number 23 and 24 lifted Djokovic's spirits after a season in which he won a single major -- the Australian Open -- and lost the top post in ATP rankings to Rafael Nadal.
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