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Tennis: Djokovic beats Federer in Indian Wells final

Published on Mar 17, 2014 9:00 AM

(REUTERS) - Novak Djokovic beat his old rival Roger Federer 3-6 6-3 7-6(3) on Sunday to win a nail-biting BNP Paribas Open final at Indian Wells and capture his first title of 2014.

The Serbian overcame a shaky start when he dropped his opening service game, then survived a nervous finish when he failed to serve out the match at the first attempt before finally sealing victory in the tie-breaker.

"Today was an incredible match," Djokovic said after being presented with the winner's crystal trophy. "It was an incredibly difficult match. Roger is playing great and it's always a pleasure playing with him."

The thrilling victory gave Djokovic his third championship in the Californian desert tournament and lifted his career tally to 42 titles.

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