.As Pennetta Wins Wome’s Trophy –
Novak Djokovic fought back to beat Roger Federer in a deciding tie-break 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) in the BNP Paribas Open final in Indian Wells on Sunday.
The Serb, 26, lost the opening set but, despite not being at his best, clawed his way back to win the event for the third time.
Djokovic failed to serve out for the match at 5-4 in the third, but kept his nerve to comfortably win the tie-break. It was revenge for his loss to Federer in Dubai last month.
Djokovic said: “It was a proud achievement. It was not just winning the trophy but the way I came back from a set down in a couple of matches. That gives me a lot of confidence.
“I said after my semi-final that very few points will decide the final and I was right”.
A single break decided the opening two sets, but the game burst into life in a thrilling decider.
Meanwhile, Italian Flavia Pennetta overcame injured Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-1 in the final of the BNP Paribas Open Women’s Singles of the Indian Wells.
The 20th seed was aided by the Pole’s knee injury that required a lengthy medical time-out in the second set.
Pennetta, who will climb to 12th in the rankings, wrapped it up with six games in a row after an hour and 13 minutes.
“It’s incredible, something amazing”, said Pennetta, on her first WTA title since 2010.