Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
Sport | By Stephen Hansen

Roger Federer beats Wawrinka for fifth Indian Wells tennis title

Roger Federer beats Wawrinka for fifth Indian Wells tennis title

Roger Federer defeated Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 7-5 to win a record-tying fifth Indian Wells title in an all-Swiss final on Sunday.

"I'm as surprised as everybody else", Federer said. Many had written him off after he pulled the plug on his 2016 last July in order to rest and rehabilitate his surgically repaired knee.

As Wawrinka said, every tennis fan is delighted to see Federer back after his incredible Australian Open triumph having been out of tennis for six months prior to the tournament.

But for now Federer can bask in the glow of possibility.

If there had been any wood in the room where he was speaking, Federer might have considered knocking on it. Things have certainly broken his way as the two dominant forces in men's tennis-Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray-are fighting their bodies and, perhaps, the toll of recent accomplishments.

On Sunday he looked more than fresh enough to conquer Wawrinka for the 20th time, and 15th time without a single loss on a hardcourt.

Federer has now won 90 tour level titles and 25 Masters 1000 events.

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The match-up seemed uneven on paper going into the match, with Wawrinka being a three-time major champion contesting his ninth Masters 1000 semifinal, while Carreno Busta was in uncharted territory, having advanced past the third round of a Masters 1000 for only the second time in his career, and first time in nearly three years.

"I tried my best and she won because she was more aggressive", Kuznetsova said. "You were just asking me about a heartbreaking moment", she added, referring to the netcord victor Kuznetsova hit to win a tense opening set, "and here's another one!"

He added: "It's tough to lose against him". I need to check on myself what can I change to play better against him? He make you feel uncomfortable and he mix a lot.

An always intriguing character, we will get a better idea of Monfils' state of mind in Miami this week.

"He's just incredible", Wawrinka said.

He said during the on-court presentation: "I came here for the first time 17 years ago". "Now I won it and I'm so, so happy". The quarterfinal against Nick Kyrgios, who conquered Novak Djokovic earlier in the tournament, was a potential banana skin but the maverick Australian withdrew with a bout of food poisoning.

When Stan Wawrinka got emotional in his post-match comments to the crowd after losing the BNP Paribas Open final, Federer sat courtside laughing. The two players might have been surprised with the confidence he is dominating matches in the circuit.

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