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Novak Djokovic meets Milos Raonic in the Paribas Open final aiming for a record-breaking fifth Indian Wells title and record-equalling 27th Masters crown. Brett Favre Womens Jersey . The world No 1 looked to be ominously moving through the gears in his semi-final victory over Rafa Nadal and a win on Sky Sports on Sunday night will draw him level with the Spaniards tally of 27 Masters series titles. Djokovic too good for Rafa Report as one of tennis greatest rivalries resumes It will also take Djokovic clear of Roger Federer with a fifth Indian Wells title - the Serb currently locked on four with the Swiss great. The opposition will come from Canadas Raonic who has enjoyed a fine week to put injury worries behind him and build on a superb showing in Australia where he lost out to Andy Murray in an epic five-set semi-final - he is chasing a maiden Masters crown and the biggest title of his career.ExperienceHaving won his first Indian Wells title in 2008, Djokovic is bidding for a fifth title in the desert and a third in succession having beaten Federer in each of the last two years.A fifth Australian Open title in January gave him an 11th career Grand Slam title and Djokovic will be playing his 39th Masters final - winning 26 to give him an astonishing win rate of 68 per cent.In contrast, Raonic is into the Indian Wells final for the first time but made the semi-finals last year where he was beaten in straight sets by Federer. Djokovic (right) came out on top when the pair met in the Paris Masters final in 2014 The Canadian, who has eight career titles under his belt, does have the experience of two previous Masters finals to draw on as he faces the formidable world No 1.However, Raonic has lost both of his 1000 Series finals, the last coming in 2014 where he was beaten in Paris by Djokovic (6-2 6-3) - his only other final at this level coming in Montreal in 2013 where he went down in straight sets to Nadal. Head-to-headFigures of 5-0 and 13-1 are the scorelines in Djokovics favour that Raonic will have to overturn in the Californian sunshine if he is to claim the title.Djokovic has won all five meetings between the pair - although they have not met since the Australian Open quarter-final in 2015, so the world No 1 has not met the Canadian since Raonic has found the consistency that was lacking in the early part of his career.All five meetings have been high-profile affairs, the first was a Davis Cup semi-final, two have been in Grand Slam quarter-finals and two in Masters events (one final, one semi-final) - but on all occasions the Serb has had the edge.Indeed Raonic has not taken a set off Djokovic since 2014 when he won the opener of their Rome Masters semi-final - since then it has been ten successive sets for Djokovic. Raonic sees of dogged Goffin Report as Milos Raonic reaches third Masters final How they got there Road to the Final Novak Djokovic Milos Raonic Bjorn Fratangelo (2-6 6-1 6-2) R2 Inigo Cervantes (6-1 6-3) Philipp Kohlschreiber (7-5 7-5) R3 Bernard Tomic (6-2 3-0 RET) Feliciano Lopez (6-3 6-3) Last 16 Tomas Berdych (6-4 7-6) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (7-6 7-6) Q-Final Gael Monfils (7-5 6-3) Rafa Nadal (7-6 6-2) S-Final David Goffin (6-3 3-6 6-3) Djokovic has taken his time to get going in California and it seems an age ago that he lost the opening set to American qualifier Bjorn Fratangelo.But after battling back to win the match for the loss of just three more games, Djokovic has not dropped a set since. Highlights of the semi-final clash at Indian Wells between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. Hes been far from his best at times but, as Sky Sports expert Peter Fleming observed in the semi-final win over Nadal, he has found a way to win - the physicality and determination enough to pull him through tight contests against Philip Kohlschreiber and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.Arguably his toughest test came against Nadal but after edging a tight opening set, Djokovic played his best tennis of the week to wrap up the victory and set up the date with Raonic. Raonic (left) will be chasing a first Masters title and first career win over Djokovic (right) The Canadian went into the semi-finals as the only player who had not dropped a set but his battle with David Goffin proved to be his toughest battle to date.Bernard Tomic, Tomas Berdych and Gael Monfils were all seen off in surprisingly comfortable fashion as Raonic made serene progress to the last four where his surprise opponent was Goffin - Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka falling early in the week.The 25-year-old came through 6-3 3-6 6-3 against Goffin showing all the determination he will need if he is to have to inflict a first Indian Wells final defeat on the formidable world No 1.You can watch all the action from Indian Wells live on Sky Sports 2 from 8pm or with a NOW TV day pass for £6.99. Also See: Djokovic too good for Nadal Raonic sees off Goffin Get a NOW TV pass Video Calvin Ridley Youth Jersey . 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We really had advantages all over the floor with our speed and you could see it really was what (helped us) dominate at the offensive end tonight. Later Wednesday, France will play Brazil, Belarus will take on China and Serbia meets Cuba.Canada finished third in its group phase after posting a win over Mozambique and losses to Turkey and France. The Czechs, meanwhile, posted comfortable wins over Brazil and Japan before falling to Spain.It was an impressive bounceback performance from the Canadians afteer a tough four-point loss to France a day earlier. Qadree Ollison Falcons Jersey. Were ecstatic to get to the top eight, the last time we got there was 1994, Thomaidis said. As happy as we are with this win, were carrying on with business as usual and moving on. Weve got a tough opponent in two days and weve got to see what we can do here.These opportunities dont roll around very often. We had a great win at the perfect time but weve got to keep this thing rolling because we seem to be getting better each game.Australia, the United States, Spain and host Turkey all earned direct quarter-final berths after posting unbeaten records in the group phase. Japan, Angola, Mozambique and Korea were eliminated after going winless in pool play.The other quarter-final games were also scheduled for Friday. The semifinals were set for Saturday and the championship game was scheduled for Sunday.The Czechs reached the final of the 2010 world championship before falling to the United States. Canada finished 12th at that tournament.Canada is making its third consecutive womens world championship appearance. ' ' '