Djokovic, Pennetta, Bryans Win Indian Wells Titles
by Staff | March 16th, 2014, 11:44 pm

World No. 2 Novak Djokovic turned back a red-hot Roger Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(3) to capture the title Sunday at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

It was the third Indian Wells title for Djokovic, and ended Federer’s 11-match winning streak this year.

“As I said before the match today, very few points will decide a winner, and that’s what happened,” Djokovic said. “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.”

In the third set the two traded breaks before reaching the tiebreak.

Djokovic took a 5-1 lead in the tiebreak before closing it out 7-3. It was Federer’s first loss in five Indian Wells finals.

“At the end he made sure he kept the ball in play and I might have made a few too many errors when it really mattered,” Federer said. “But I think he made a crucial sort of 20 minutes, half and hour midway through the second set and third set where things could have gone either way. But credit to him for toughening it out and winning that second set and getting the breaker in the third.”

In the doubles final top-seeded Bob and Mike Bryan defeated No. 2 Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares 6-4, 6-3 to win their second straight BNP Paribas Open title. They won their first Indian Wells crown last year after losing twice in the final.

“It was a great couple weeks for us and for the sport of doubles,” said Bob after the pair won their 95th career title. “We’re excited to win our hometown ATP Masters 1000 and play so well against Bruno and Alex, who continue to put up great results.”

In the women’s final No. 2-seeded Flavia Pennetta upset a knee-addled No. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-1.

“After so many years and so much work and everything, this is the moment I was waiting for,” Pennetta said after winning her first title since 2010 and her 10th career. “And it comes when you least expect it. In the beginning of the tournament I never expected to be the champion, or even be in the final or semifinal. I was just here trying to play my best tennis. For me, this is something I was waiting for a long time.”

Pennetta survived three three-setters en route to the final and improved to 10-13 in career finals. Radwanska dropped to 13-16 in career finals.

“I really tried everything I could to push myself and play 100 percent today, because this is the final, but unfortunately I was in too much pain,” said Radwanska of her knee injury. “It’s just the worst thing for a player to not be able to give 100 percent in the final of a big event. It was still a good two weeks for me. My first final here, a big event, and still a good result.”

Pennetta will rise to No. 12 on the WTA Rankings while Radwanska will remain at No. 3 when the next rankings are released.

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13 Comments for Djokovic, Pennetta, Bryans Win Indian Wells Titles

Dan Martin Says:

My power rankings are up –

I think in some ways Stan, Rafa, Nole and Roger are in a 4 way tie for 2014 honors at the moment. Someone needs to take the year by the throat between now and the end of SW19

Giles Says:

@Dan Martin. I have read the link you posted above. You say Rafa will remain #1 “at least through the conclusion of Miami”.
That’s not quite correct. He will stay # 1 at least through the conclusion of Monte Carlo where he is defending 600 pts and joker 1000.

Hippy Chic Says:

Must say congrats to Flavia,who will jump to 12th in the rankings i believe,or someone can correct me their if im wrong?shame Agie wasnt at her best,also suffering like many others with a bad back,nice picture,and a pretty girl too,i think Courbon likes her?

Hippy Chic Says:

Giles just interested in how many weeks that will be in total,if you add up the whole total weeks?

Giles Says:

Alison. Don’t know, Havnt been keeping track.

Giles Says:

Alison. Just checked. It looks like 126 weeks so far.

James Says:

Rafa would have 129 or 130 weeks #1 by the end of Monte Carlo.
If he does well in Miami, I don’t see him losing #1 ranking any time soon.

Hippy Chic Says:

James thanks for the info.

Hippy Chic Says:

James/Giles he has nothing to defend in Miami either.

andrea Says:

what a drag for aga. i saw her match against beck in the 3rd round and had her pegged to win the tournament. these stumbles so close to the finish line are discouraging. but congrats to flavia….what a great win for someone considering retirement not so long ago!

bring on the 30+ players!

Gordon Says:

The Miami draw is out.

Who can stop a Rafa vs Wawrinka, and Djokovic vs Ferrer SF matchup?

Each quarter…

1 Nadal should make the semis, but there are a few minefields along the way: Del Potro is the most likely QF opponent, and he has given Rafa trouble, but is he 100%? Other than DelPo, an earlier run in with Janowicz could be interesting, but I’m thinking Rafa makes the final 4.

2 Bottom half of Nadal’s half belongs to #3 seed Wawrinka, who will have a tricky 3rd round match possibly with Cilic before the 4th round against likely Haas or Dolgopolov. Whoever of these guys makes the QF will likely face Berdych or Isner. A tough quarter with the winner getting Rafa in the semis.

3 Top half of Nole’s half has Ferrer as the #4 seed. The winner of Dimitov and Nishikori will likely be Ferrer’s fourth round opponent but then Federer should be waiting in the QF. The way Fed is playing I don’t like Ferrer’s chances.

4 #1 Seed Novak Djokovic may meet Federer in the semis this time, but to get there he should have an interesting QF, likely against Murray or Tsonga. Other than those two, no one in Nole’s quarter should bother him.

That’s how it looks to me, but IW was full of surprises; let’s see how Miami unfolds.

Gordon Says:

The new rankings are reflected in the Miami draw. Coincidentally Federer (5) wound up in Ferrer’s (4) quarter, so the quarters are the same had Federer won IW. The difference is in who each will meet and have to defeat before meeting in the quarters.

Ferrer’s seeded opponents he may wind up facing to make the QFs are Dimitrov (15), Nishikori (20) and Seppi (31).

Federer’s seeded opponents he may wind up facing to make the QFs are Gasquet (9), Anderson (17) and Verdasco (28).

Had Federer won yesterday those potential opponents would be reversed. Will it make a difference? We will have to see.

Translated Age Says:

Love Nadal’s draw. Stan is in his half which is a rematch I’d love to see but I think Cilic will beat him. Delpo also there but can’t see him going far (shouldn’t be entered IMO).

Fed, Nole, Muzza, BabyFed, Gulbis, Ferrer, Anderson all in the opposite half.

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