Bachelot, who served as minister between 20, alleged that Spaniard Nadal faked an injury in 2012, when he missed the final six months of the season due to knee problems, in order to hide a positive drug test.

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"I am able to fight for every ball and I now believe in myself the whole match." Nadal had just two aces but he took care of his serve Friday by winning 62 percent of his first-serve points. He closed out the 93-minute match with a forehand down the line that Nishikori stumbled after but came nowhere near getting a racquet on. "Then he started to miss some of his first serves and I was returning his second serve so well." Nadal improved to 8-1 lifetime against Nishikori and avenged a loss in their most recent meeting last year at Montreal.

Nadal and Djokovic are nearly even in their 47 head-to-head meetings, with the Serb owning a 24-23 edge.

Nadal knows it is not wise to bet against Djokovic and if anyone else wins the Indian Wells title it would be a big surprise.

"He`s a clear favourite because he`s winning all the matches almost every time," Nadal said of Djokovic.

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1 Novak Djokovic eased through their Indian Wells matches in straight sets Friday to set up a semi-final showdown worthy of a title clash.

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"Tomorrow is another opportunity for me to play against another top player." The swashbuckling Spaniard is looking for another stamp in his championship passport, having already won Indian Wells in 2007, 20 while Djokovic is going for a record fifth crown.