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Thrilling victory for Djokovic

Indian Wells: 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 tiebreaker

Italy’s Flavia Pennetta captured the biggest title of her career when she beat Poland’s ailing Agnieszka Radwanska in the final. As Radwanska struggled with a knee injury, Pennetta cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 victory in less than an hour and a quarter.

“Today was an incredible match,” Djokovic said. “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 desert tournament and lifted his career tally to 42 titles.

Meanwhile, Sania Mirza and Cara Black lost to top seeds Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan and Peng Shuai of China in straight sets in the womens doubles final. The top seeds prevailed over the fifth seeded Indo-Zimbabwean combo 7-6(5) 6-2 in a contest that lasted an hour and 30 minutes.

(Reuters)