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BNP Paribas Open: Djokovic Doesn't Djoke Around in Indian Wells

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With cloudy skies draping Stadium 1 of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, Novak Djokovic pounced on the world’s top player Rafael Nadal’s second serve in the third set to win the 2011 BNP Paribas Open 4-6; 6-3; 6-2.

And it was Djokovic’s return game that kept 16,754 fans that packed the stadium guessing all match long. As Djokovic’s quarterfinal opponent Richard Gasquet of France remarked, “Djokovic has the best return. Compared to Rafa and Roger [Federer], he has the best return.”

“He’s definitely a good returner,” Nadal conceded.

That made for a wild first two sets where Nadal and Djokovic exchanged breaks in both sets: Nadal breaking right back after the exchange in the first set to go up 4-3 and Djokovic responding as such to take a 5-3 lead in the second set.