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Djokovic Hungry For More In The Desert

Indian Wells, U.S.A.

Djokovic© Getty ImagesNovak Djokovic advanced to his fourth consecutive Indian Wells semi-final after defeating Julien Benneteau on Friday.

After securing a fourth consecutive semi-final berth at the BNP Paribas Open, Novak Djokovic is encouraged by his latest run in the desert. But the World No. 2 isn’t satisfied.

The two-time Indian Wells champion (2008, ‘11) is eager to snap a 2014 title drought that has him in uncharted territory, and Djokovic considers this happy hunting ground the perfect place to get back on track.

“I came into Indian Wells without a title in this season and that is a different feel from previous years,” said Djokovic, following a comprehensive 6-1, 6-3 defeat of Julien Benneteau in Friday’s quarter-finals. “I'm on the right path and playing [in the] semi-finals, which is always of course a challenge and a good result, but I want to try to go as far as I can.”

Djokovic views Indian Wells as a crucial tournament to gain momentum and catapult him to new heights as the season progresses. “It's a very important tournament for all of the tennis players, because it's the first [ATP World Tour] Masters 1000 tournament of the year,” he added. “You want to do well. Of course, then you can come to Miami with great confidence.”

Djokovic was enthusiastic in his support of Indian Wells as one of the premier tournaments in the world, and one of the most coveted crowns in the game. “One thing is for sure, is that this tournament is, if not the best, then one of the best tournaments in the world in terms of investing in facilities and making players feel comfortable and really sharing the passion for the sport with fans.

 “I think we need to pay more attention to the ATP tournaments, because obviously we're always talking about Grand Slams as the foremost important and prestigious tournaments that we have in sport. Indian Wells is one of the ATP [World Tour] events that shows that [it] deserves to be in the same league.”

Djokovic, who has amassed a 34-6 record in eight trips to the Coachella Valley, will duel with home favourite John Isner in the semi-finals on Saturday. Two years ago, Isner stunned Djokovic in a deciding tie-break in the same round.

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