Djokovic guts out victory at Indian Wells|
Indian Wells, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Novak Djokovic needed three sets, and
then some, to erase an early deficit and take down Roger Federer to win
Sunday's final at the BNP Paribas Open.
The Serbian right-hander and two seed needed 2 hours and 12 minutes, plus a
third-set tiebreaker, to take home $1 million in the blockbuster final in the
first ATP Masters 1000 event of the year with a 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) triumph.
Seventh-seeded Federer -- who bested Djokovic in the Dubai semifinals late
last month -- went up 4-1 early on and claimed a 6-3 victory in the first set,
then saw his opponent roar back to take the second set by an identical score.
In the third, Djokovic was up 5-3, then overcame four Federer aces in the
third set and rallies to tie at 5-5 and 6-6, before blowing the doors off in
the extra session with a 7-3 result to clinch the title.
Despite the setback, Federer still owns a 17-16 lead in the all-time series.
Nonetheless, Djokovic has won here three times in the last six years (2008,
2011 and 2014) and also had the pleasure of denying the 32-year-old Swiss a
record fifth title at this tournament.
03/16 20:47:16 ET