Sunday???s final??will be the 38th meeting between the two, with Federer currently leading Djokovic 20-17 in their victories tally but Djokovic boasting the defending champion tag at Indian Wells.
Following Djokovic’s comprehensive 6-2 6-3 victory over Andy Murray, Federer reached his 40th ATP World Tour Masters1000 final with a 7-5 6-4 defeat of Canadian sixth seed Raonic at Indian Wells.
“I think it’s very exciting for both of us, and also for fans, to see a rematch of the great final from last year,” Federer, who lost to the Serbian in three sets at Indian wells in 2014, told bnpparibasopen.com.
“I’m looking forward to it, and I hope I can keep up my good play.”
Federer defeated Raonic within 86 minutes to move through while ??Djokovic ended world number four Murray’s run by extending his head-to-head advantage between the pair to 17-8 with a sixth successive win.
The Scot elected to receive serve after winning the toss but stumbled as Djokovic quickly reached 4-1 before ruthlessly clinching all three of his break points in the set to prevail.
“I tried to start with the right intensity, I got a crucial break at the start,??? Djokovic said.
“Andy made a lot of unforced errors, his first-serve percentage was low.??
???I’m sure he knows I’m returning well, I know he’s returning well, so that puts added pressure on our serving.”
The women’s final precedes the men’s showdown on Sunday and sees 2010 champion Jelena Jankovic tackle Romania’s Simona Halep, who received a pass into the final following Serena Williams’ withdrawal through injury.