Novak Djokovic won the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Sunday, outlasting Roger Federer 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-2. Djokovic’s win came in an exciting back-and-forth match and marked a second straight Indian Wells title over Federer.

The win earned world No. 1 Djokovic his fourth Indian Wells crown, adding to victories in 2008, 2011 and 2014. The fourth title ties Djokovic with—whom else—Federer for the most all time. The 27-year-old now has 50 tour-level titles, just one of 12 players in history to accomplish the feat. He earned the win, fighting back after getting shocked by a second-set Federer comeback.

“I was a bit more up and down. [Djokovic] was more solid," Federer said in a press conference after the match. "That's why he totally deserves this win”

Djokovic garnered a bit of revenge for a loss he suffered to Federer last month in Dubai. The star knows that playing against Federer means a win is never guaranteed.

“I don’t take anything for granted,” Djokovic said after winning the title.

The Serbian took the first set 6-3 over Federer and looked like he was going to win the second set, and the championship, when he raced ahead going up 4-3. World No. 2 Federer fought back, seeming to gain new life after a stunning forehand winner when he was still down 3-4. Federer then rattled off eight straight points to go up 5-4. The pro-Federer crowd rose to its feet in ovation after he took the lead. Djokovic battled back and eventually forced a tiebreak, but subsequently double-faulted three times in the breaker. Federer persisted well and was able to force the deciding set.

After the stunning comeback in front of a crowd that was decidedly pro-Federer, it appeared that Djokovic was destined to miss out on his 50th title. But the star showed why he is such a quality tennis player by battling to win. Djokovic settled in and wore Federer down. The Swiss legend double faulted at a critical juncture to allow Djokovic to go up 4-2. Another comeback was simply too much to ask of Federer as his counterpart cruised through the final two games. Djokovic earned his fourth Indian Wells title when Federer sent a forehand wide to give up the championship point.

Federer still holds a career 20-18 record against Djokovic in their 38 career matches, but that likely did little to ease the defeat.

“I think [Djokovic] found an extra gear in the end,” Federer said in the press conference. “It was tough. I enjoyed the match. It had a bit of everything.” 






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