Tennis Indian Wells 2014
Indian Wells, U.S.A.© Getty ImagesNovak Djokovic topped Roger Federer in a third-set tie-break for the Indian Wells title.
World No. 2 Novak Djokovic prevailed in a dramatic third set in the BNP Paribas Open final to end Roger Federer’s winning streak at 11 matches and clinch his third Indian Wells title. After failing to serve out the victory at 5-4 in the third set, he came back strong in the tie-break to defeat the four-time champion 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(3) on Sunday afternoon.
"As I said before the match today, very few points will decide a winner, and that's what happened, " said Djokovic. "Roger is playing in a very high level. He just played better than he did in the last 13, 14 months. I needed to really be in the top of my game and very concentrated the last moment in order to win. That's what I've done. Very proud of my achievements during this tournament."
Djokovic also narrowed his deficit in his FedEx ATP Head2Head series against Federer to 16-17, avenging his recent loss to his Swiss rival. Two weeks ago in the Dubai semi-finals, Federer had rallied from a set down to snap a three-match losing streak against Djokovic.
Federer raced through the opening set in 31 minutes after opening up a 3-0 lead to begin their 33rd meeting. Djokovic pressed for the break in the second set and finally delivered in the eighth game as Federer pulled a forehand wide.
After fighting off Djokovic’s first three break point chances in the third set, Federer committed two straight errors off his forehand to give up the break 2-1. Djokovic held the match on his racquet in the 10th game, but similar to his semi-final against John Isner on Saturday when he failed to serve out the match on his first two tries in the second set, he faltered after falling behind triple break point.
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Djokovic took the mini-break in the opening point of the tie-break and rolled out to a commanding 5-1 lead. The Serbian put away the match on his second championship point after two hours and 12 minutes, handing Federer his first loss in five Indian Wells finals. Djokovic won exactly one more point than Federer, 99 to 98.
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