INDIAN WELLS, CA – MARCH 22: Novak Djokovic of Serbia poses for photographers after defeating Roger Federer of Switzerland during the final on day fourteen of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 22, 2015 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
By Beth Harris
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-2 to win his fourth BNP Paribas Open on Sunday, tying him with Federer for the most titles in the desert after winning for the second straight year.
The world’s top two men’s players met for the 38th time, second-most among rivalries in the Open era. Federer leads the series 20-18 and had won three of their last four meetings going into the final.
But Federer made too many mistakes at crucial times, piling up 43 unforced errors to 35 for Djokovic. The Serb connected on 63 per cent of his first serves, while Federer’s serve let him down. He double-faulted to trail 4-2 in the third as Djokovic won the last four games of the match.
Simona Halep beat Jelena Jankovic 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 to win the women’s title.