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Djokovic beats Nadal to lift Indian Wells title

Novak Djokovic claimed his third ATP World Tour title in a perfect season by beating top-seeded Spaniard Rafa Nadal 4-6 6-3, 6-2 in the final of the Indian Wells ATP tournament on Sunday.

sports Updated: Mar 21, 2011 22:44 IST

Novak Djokovic claimed his third ATP World Tour title in a perfect season by beating top-seeded Spaniard Rafael Nadal 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the final of the Indian Wells ATP tournament on Sunday.

The unstoppable Serb, who climbed to second spot on the ATP rankings list displacing Roger Federer, shrugged off the loss of the opening set to outlast the world number one in a gripping match lasting two hours 25 minutes at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, extending his remarkable record for the year to 18-0.

Australian Open champion Djokovic, who overcame Swiss world number two Federer in the last four, broke Nadal twice early in the final set before sealing victory when the Spanish left-hander netted a forehand.

It was the Serb's second triumph in the elite ATP Masters 1000 event at Indian Wells, having first won the title here as a 20-year-old in 2008.