World number two Novak Djokovic won a first title of the year with a hard fought 3-6 6-3 7-6 (7-3) win over Roger Federer in the final of the BNP Paribas Open final in Indian Wells.
The Serb, who had lost to Federer in the Dubai Championships last month, fought back from a set down to claim the title for the third time in his career after previous successes in 2008 and 2011.
For Federer, it ended his hopes of adding a fifth Indian Wells championship to his collection, yet will see him soar from eighth to fifth in the new world rankings.
Djokovic rallied after a disappointing opening set where he was comprehensively outplayed by a confident Federer, breaking his opponent in the eighth game of the second set and forcing a final set.
As his opponent began to struggle in the blistering American heat, Djokovic took full advantage to break him again and lead 2-1.
But after winning 17 Grand Slams and appearing rejuvenated under new coach Stefan Edberg, Federer rallied to level at 5-5 before both men served out the set.
However, in the tiebreak, the six time Slam champion prevailed 7-3 to claim a first title since November, where he beat Spaniard David Ferrer in the final of the Paris Masters.
Both players will now look ahead to the coming months with the French Open set to start in May.
For Djokovic it is the only Grand Slam title to evade him, whilst Federer will be looking for a second win at Roland Garros after his previous triumph in 2009.
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