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Djokovic, Azarenka roll to easy title wins at Indian Wells

Indian Wells, Mar 21 (AP) Novak Djokovic rolled past Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-0 to win the BNP Paribas Open for a record fifth time, while improving to 22-1 in matches this year.

It was the Serb's third consecutive title in the California desert, breaking a tie with four-time champion Roger Federer, who lost to Djokovic the past two years in the final and skipped this year because of a knee injury.

The women's final was equally one-sided.

Victoria Azarenka defeated error-prone Serena Williams 6-4, 6-4, returning Azarenka to the world's top 10 for the first time since August 2014.

Djokovic needed an hour, 17 minutes to dispatch Raonic, whose big serve got broken five times. The 25-year-old Canadian served just four aces and had 27 unforced errors. His first serve averaged 128 mph much faster than Djokovic's 111 mph - but he connected on only 55 percent. The Serb landed 68 percent of his first serves and was never broken.

Clearly the crowd favorite, Williams gave fans little to cheer about on an unseasonable 91-degree (32 C) day while making 33 unforced errors. After getting broken to trail 3-0 in the second set, Williams returned to her seat and smashed her racket.

Trailing 5-1, Williams won three straight games and held two break points on Azarenka's serve in the last game. But Williams ended the match with three straight errors.

Source PTI

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