Novak Djokovic wins Roger Federer in three sets
Novak Djokovic put a halt to Roger Federer’s impressive start to the 2014 season by fighting back to land his third Indian Wells ATP Masters title.
The Serbian, who had previously won in 2008 and 2011, exacted revenge over Federer, who beat him in Dubai two weeks ago, with a 3-6 6-3 7-6 (7-3) success in the Californian desert.
Djokovic, a six-time Grand Slam champion, secured his first title of the year and his 42nd singles career crown after two hours and 12 minutes.
“I hadn’t won a title so far this year until today and it was my first title of 2014,” Djokovic said. “I’ve played many matches, only two tournaments, so it was greatly important for me to get a title (because) it’s already March.
“The way I had the previous four, five years, I was winning at least a title coming into the American hard court season, so this year was a little bit different. I felt a bit different and I was doubting myself on the court.
“But this tournament definitely means a lot to me and my confidence. Hopefully I’ll carry it into Miami next