Novak Djokovic ended a 2014 title drought in epic style today edging rival Roger Federer 36, 63, 76(3) in a thriller to win his third Indian Wells title.
Djokovic had struggled for much of the tournanment and today was in trouble again, but then turned it around winning the third set. After going up a break in the third, Djokovic served for the match at 5-4 but like Saturday against John Isner, nerves go the better of him. But eventually he rebounded to take the tiebreaker.
“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.”
All three of Djokovic’s Indian Wells titles have comes in three sets, and four of the six wins he had this week went the distance.
“The way I won this title is something that makes me very happy and gives me mentally a lot of satisfaction because I have had specifically these three matches against [Marin] Cilic and yesterday’s semi-final and today’s final, situations where I played three sets where it was very tense, very emotional,” said Djokovic who won 99 points to Federer’s 98.
“A few points really here and there could go either way, and then it went my way. I stayed mentally tough, and that, for me, is something that gives me a lot of encouragement and hopefully a confidence boost for the rest of the season.”
Djokovic has now won his last three Masters 1000 events and will carry a 16 match win streak at that level into Miami.
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