Indian Wells: Roger Federer will head to Miami in a positive frame of mind despite seeing his 11-match winning streak ended by Novak Djokovic in the final of Indian Wells Masters 1000 event.
Novak Djokovic (right) and Roger Federer with their trophies at Indian Wells
The Swiss went into the clash as the man in form but it was Djokovic who conquered his own doubts to win 3-6 6-3 7-6 (7/3).
Federer had beaten his rival two weeks earlier on his way to the title in Dubai and had hoped to repeat the double of 2012.
Although it was not to be, Federer was happy he had managed to maintain his form at such a high level, putting his struggles of last season behind him.
The 32-year-old said: "I'm very happy... I'm playing really good tennis. I'm moving well, serving well. I'm just happy I'm playing consistent tennis and I'm going deep in tournaments.
Clearly it would have been amazing to win here and win back-to-back tournaments with Dubai. But I got very, very close, so it's encouraging for Miami and for the rest of the season, no doubt."
His run lifted him to fifth in the rankings, from eighth. He said: "(Being No 1) would be a big deal but being No 4 or N0 3, that's not a big deal. A few weeks/months ago, a few people said I couldn't play tennis any more."