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High five for record-breaker Djoko

By Robert Jones

Novak Djokovic cruised to a record fifth BNP Paribas Open title at Indian Wells with a one-sided 6-2 6-0 victory over Canadian Milos Raonic.

World No.1 Djokovic despatched Raonic in 88 minutes to draw level with Rafael Nadal on 27 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles. The 28-year-old secured his third title of the season after triumphs in Doha and the Australian Open. His success follows previous Indian Wells title wins in 2008, 2011, 2014 and 2015.

Raonic, playing his first event since the Australian Open following an adductor tear that had ruled him out since February, left the court for treatment after the first set. The Canadian could not halt Djokovic's momentum in the second and was broken three times with the Serb pocketing £711,000 in prize money.

Earlier, Victoria Azarenka paid tribute to Serena Williams after upsetting the World No.1 6-4 6-4 to secure her biggest win since the Australian Open in 2013.

Williams had last year ended a 13-year boycott of the tournament - in protest at alleged racist comments to father Richard from the crowd in 2001.

Azarenka, up to eighth in the rankings, said to Williams afterwards: "You're an amazing competitor. You changed our game. If it wasn't for you, I wouldn't have worked so hard to be better. I want to thank you."

Williams said she was grateful to the crowd after receiving her runner-up trophy. She said: "Thank you for the cheers, I can't tell you what it means."

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