World number one Novak Djokovic defended his Indian Wells title by beating Roger Federer 6-3 6-7 6-2 in the Indian Wells Masters‘ final to claim his 50th career ATP title.
The 27-year-old world number one tennis player from Serbia also won his fourth Indian Wells title, which now puts him at par with the world number two Roger Federer, who is the only other male player to have won the Indian Wells’ title four times.
“The trophy is very heavy,” Djokovic told the crowd as he celebrated his new title.
Djokovic who lost his last two matches to Federer in straight sets after beating him in last year’s Wimbledon fought hard to win this most recent Indian Wells title match.
“If you look at the big picture, I thought I deserved it in an way, because I really fought for it,” said Djokovic. “I am at the prime of my career. I am going to use every part of this fact to stay where I am and to fight for as many major titles as possible.”
“I don’t think these challenges that I go through and the pressure that I feel are harming me or that I find it difficult. It is a privilege because I earned it.”
Although, Djokovic is the number one tennis player in the world, the serbian native has been known to demonstrate a high level of humility and respect in the treatment of others. We recently shared a video of him that was released by PAZ and Facebook showing him shielding a temp boy paid to serve him from the rain while on the tennis court. Click here if you missed it!