Novak Djokovic won his 1st title of 2014, his 3rd at Indian Wells, 17th ATP Masters & 42nd career singles title of his career as he edged past Roger Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3) in a nail biting final match that lasted 2 hours & 12 minutes.
Roger Federer with his runners up trophy & Novak Djokovic posing with his 1st title trophy of 2014
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Federer started the match in fine fashion. He broke Djokovic's service in the 2nd game & got to a 3-0 lead as Djokovic looked a bit out of sorts.
Federer looked very sharp. His game looked in absolute top form. On the other hand, Djokovic looked a bit flat in the 1st set.
Federer won the 1st set 6-3, thanks to that one break in 31 minutes.
Here are the 1st set stats -----
Clearly as the stats reveal, Federer's game was absolute flawless in the 1st set
Federer continued his momentum in to the 2nd set as well. How ever, Djokovic managed to keep pace & slowly, but surely started hitting the ball much better in the 2nd set.
This graphic by Tennis TV shows the difference between Djokovic's shots from the 1st set to the 2nd set
Djokovic got his 1st break point in the 8th game of the 2nd set & the Serb broke Federer's service on his 2nd break point to get to a 5-3 lead.
Federer had a mini opening at 0-30 as Djokovic served for the set in the 9th game, but, Djokovic managed to hold on & win the 2nd set 6-3 in 40 minutes.
Here are the 2nd set stats -----
Federer's 1st serve % decreased & that pretty much explains why the momentum of the match changed
Djokovic had the momentum going in to the 3rd set. The Serb had a break point in the opening service game which Federer managed to save. How ever, Djokovic broke the Swiss maestro's service in the 3rd game to get to a 2-1 lead.
The next 6 games went on serve. Djokovic had the chance to serve out the match in the 10th game serving 5-4, but Federer managed to break the World No. 2's service to make it 5-all.
The 3rd set went to tie breaker.
Djokovic got the 1st mini break & won the 1st three points. From there on, Federer's job was cut out as after the first changeover, Djokovic lead by 5-1. Djokovic won the tie-breaker 7-3.
The end score-line read 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(3) & this was Djokovic's 1st tournament win of 2014.
Here are the overall match stats -----
Roger Federer during his press conference stated that he will be flying to Miami later tonight, thus, its almost sure that he will be playing at Sony Open Tennis or Miami Masters 2014.
The draw of Miami Masters 2014 will be on Monday at 12 pm local time & Federer will be seeded #5 there.
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