PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal loses to Novak Djokovic in Indian Wells semi-final

Unfortunately Rafael Nadal was defeated 6-7(5), 2-6 by Novak Djokovic in the semi-final of the BNP Paribas Open today.

Rafa after the match:

The game was very close. I played well. It was a positive week. That’s the way I’m trying to follow.

In the pair’s 48th meeting the Serb rallied from an early break down. He also fended off a set point on serve in the 10th game before getting the better of  Rafa in the subsequent tie-break, clinching the opener as Rafa netted a backhand.

Djokovic made the decisive breakthrough in the sixth game of the second set, going up 4-2 as Rafa committed a forehand unforced error into the net. He then broke Rafa again in the eighth game to claim his 25th victory over his Spanish rival, converting his sixth match point.

Source: BNP Paribas Open

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19 thoughts on “PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal loses to Novak Djokovic in Indian Wells semi-final

  1. Mac

    Congratulations to the Djoker for doing what he does best.

    Well done Rafa for hanging in there and creating some magic moments. I believe Rafa just needs to clean up his game a little bit more, ie those balls into the net and those just long, and he will be consistently batting the Djoker for the big titles again.

    Keep it up Rafa. Good luck if you play Miami. Don’t Let Up! Keep improving!

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  2. ashish

    the pattern i see from nole against rafa is attcak his 1 st game break him create pressure winning 1 set and with momentum try to sail the next sets…..of course the the shot selection pattern from novak is evident with a added drop shot now and then lob….

    whats happening with novak is not shocking when u go on to win so much and have good memories of previous matches against a specific opponent with known pattern for winning it always help in creating the momentum to win the big matches

    so next time u play rafa remember just think of 1 set match ur playing and try to win the first set with proper strategy on shot selection ……..let win the 1 st set and the creat momentum to ur side and see what happens …………

    remember rafa u need to hurt novak on big occasion

    and please create more sharp angles on cross court backhands

    vamos rafa vamos

    always a treat to watch u ……………..u r so amazing player

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  3. Elizabeth Howard

    Good week overall and Rafael positive and confident. He did many great things and should have won the first set. Now to move on and build on positives. Great competitor and so respected

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  4. ashish

    again as i said before match on set point in first set novak did hit down the tee serve and rafa could do so much with that if he predicted well on that point

    2 nd set 2-3(30-40) rafa served well wide and nole hit short but rafa not got closed to the ball quickly running inside the court and then hitting powerful crosscourt forehand or inside out forehand to make an impact…….

    so rafa u needs to be little more alert & shot selection should be perfectly strategist beforehand

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  5. ashish

    Rafa is doing good on hard courts
    basel finals ..bejing finals ..paris wtf…abhu dhabhi….doha finals now indwell semis

    U have to do it rafa on clay ……that’ s were u will gain complete confidence

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  6. Rafa I am so proud of you, you are the most honorable sportsman such a gentleman. I see you are improving and getting back to Rafa the best ever. keep on going keep on fighting you will get back to your best and no one can beat you when you are at your best.

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  7. ashish

    As expected nole was on all attack mode from 1 st game but rafa resisted well he didnt allow novak to dictate terms ….
    i hate if but rafa should have serve more tactically and played well in 3 rd game after having break of serve……
    since u have to now grab the opportunity against this man and dont lose it
    rafa has set point and chance in tie break
    So its all about momentum …….in 2nd set momentum was with nole after winning 1st game and kept his attacking game to rafa
    if rafa could have won 1set momentum would be with rafa and he could have played freely

    U cant make few mistakes against a man whose ball somehow find the line…and every corner

    so just let go rafa u were good take that from tournament ……u made nole a little nervous in 1 st set

    And big thing is u were able to win ur own games which was longing for some time ib 2 nd set i am defintely sure this will help u in upcoming tournaments

    I guess u should used more cross court backhands or inside out forehands instead of pushing ball with backhand down the line

    The net game u need to improve

    So continue on same path ….as u said this was one positive week …..in a big tournament

    As i alwys said it is u and stan who can beat nole even in this form and i will amintain that

    Come the next time i am sure u will find solutions ……loved ur attitude today just play with that attitude this season……

    Next time u play him play more tactically with less unforced error

    Vamos rafa vamos

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  8. Abu Parker

    Today’s match was tennis as its best, and only because Rafa forced the best out of Nole – no matter the result, Rafa was still a big winner today, because of his ability to elevate the level of the game. Nole is at his peak right now, and based on today’s performance, Rafa could have beaten anybody else not at Nole’s level.

    The crowd were on their feet for more than half the match, because Rafa refused to give up, fought every point, and took every point to lengthy rallies. Watch for a very boring final where every point is scored on 2 or 3 shots. This is Rafa’s best quality, that he provides a level ao athleticism and entertainment, and it is why his fans love him, regardless of whether he wins or not.

    There will be negative comments from people upset that Rafa lost – those are the losers, the gambling addicts, junkies, who wager money on Rafa, hoping to score a big one because the odds were 1-6 against Rafa. Well if you lost money on today’s match because you’re a gambling addict who lost money then, a) you are a loser, b) you’re on the wrong site and c) you’re a loser!

    Well done on a splendid effort, and thank you for a great, athletic and entertaining match!

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  9. What a great tournament for Rafa. He excelled in all his matches. Although he lost
    to Novak, the match was very competitive. Rafa certainly generated all the excitement in that match. The tie-break was so close. I wasn’t disappointed with the result today because this entire tournament was a true test that Rafa is back to his original level.

    Since Novak is #1 I think it will take a couple of different style players to ultimately
    knock him off his perch. Not just Rafa. In the meantime, I am so delighted with
    all of Rafa’s improvements and accomplishments this week. I also agree, win or lose,
    Rafa is, indeed, the best.

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  10. Nr.1 fan

    It was a decent match by Rafa. Very close to winning that first set. He plays the right way but at the moment he cannot keep it up for long enough. If he plays like he did today he would probably beat everybody but Novak.

    Like I wrote yesterday, the changes Rafa is making will need some more time to really stick and the end product will probably be his form before Roland Garros. It’s a step in the right direction and Novak really had to produce something special today.

    The serve against Novak either has to be an ace or a serve with not a lot of pace on it/ really good placement. If you have a lot of pace on it and Novak can reach it you are in trouble. He returns nearly as hard as you serve it feels like. Rafa tried to serve a bit harder at times, one serve was like 126 mph, but Djokovic’ returns are more dangerous then.

    Looking forward to Miami now, important to keep this up. Build on this! Vamos!

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  11. Zindy

    No matter! It was a very close match! Importante is Rafa keep on the confidence and good sensation and be ready to the clay!! Keep on Rafa

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  12. judy k allen

    Great job. Still improveing. But dang so close in that first match. Love ya for what you do for tennis. Still your biggest fan now and always. Seei g signs of our fighter rafa.

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  13. elaine

    So sad for Rafa. I am sure Rafa will reflect on the positives of the match and build on those. It was so close in the first set and I feel Rafa is nearly there in returning to his best form. We are still into early 2016 but early indications are Rafa is coming back! I still standby saying Rafa will win the French Open this year! Vamos Rafa!

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  14. Rafa_1310

    This was his best match since the FO 14! He played very good. He had a setpoint but Novak made their a good job. If he got the first set maybe we would talk over a diffrent result now.

    Take rest and good luck for Miami. Always with you, Vamos Rafa!!!

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  15. connie

    Rafa, you played fantastic 1 set and rushed things a little in set 2 but great improvement all week , good luck in Miami next week☺😃😅

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  16. va4favre

    While we are disappointed, there were several positives in this match for Rafa especially in the first set. Who knows what might have happened in the first set if Rafa had won the set point? In the second set, Novak raised his level, but Rafa could not. Hopefully, Rafa will have other opportunities to play Novak and start winning again. Win or lose, Rafa is the best.

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