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Djokovic beats Federer to win Indian Wells title

Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a return to Roger Federer of Switzerland during the men's final of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 15, 2014 in Indian Wells, California. Pennetta won 6-2, 6-1.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a return to Roger Federer of Switzerland during the men's final of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 15, 2014 in Indian Wells, California. Pennetta won 6-2, 6-1.
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Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3) to win the BNP Paribas Open for the third time.

Federer rallied from a break down and a 5-3 deficit in the third set to force the tiebreaker Sunday, but he made a slew of mistakes to lose the 33rd meeting between the two rivals.

Federer still leads the series 17-16, having beaten Djokovic in three sets in the semifinals at Dubai two weeks ago. Djokovic will remain No. 2 in the world, while Federer will rise three spots to No. 5 on Monday in the ATP Tour rankings.

Flavia Pennetta routed injured Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-1 to win the women's title.