Novak Djokovic cruised to a third consecutive BNP Paribas Open championship Sunday, routing Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-0 in the men's final.
The top-ranked Serbian captured the title in Indian Wells, Calif., for a record fifth time. He also tied Rafael Nadal for the most singles championships in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events at 27 apiece. Roger Federer is third with 24, followed by Ivan Lendl with 22 and John McEnroe with 19.
After reaching the Indian Wells final in 2007, Djokovic emerged as the event's champion in 2008, 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016. The only other player to win the tournament three years in a row was Federer from 2004-06.
"To win this tournament five times is a fantastic achievement," Djokovic said. "I'm just glad to be able to raise the level of my game as the tournament progresses, and that's something that I have been doing in the last two years particularly on the big events. ...
"I have a certain routine and certain preparation for these big matches that works for me, again."
Djokovic dropped the first set in his first match of the tournament, against American Bjorn Fratangelo, then rolled through the rest of the event without dropping a set.
Djokovic, who made $1,028,300 for the fortnight, broke Raonic's serve five times in the 77-minute match. The return game was impressive considering Raonic's serve was broken just four times in the tournament.
Raonic, a 25-year-old Canadian who was seeded 12th, dealt with the effects of a groin injury he sustained earlier this year in the Australian Open. He received treatment Sunday following the opening set.
"It feels similar (to the prior injury) but not as bad," Raonic said. "It could be frustrating, could not be. Maybe it's just sort of a mental way of my body protecting."