Federer beats Wawrinka for fifth Indian Wells title

The Australian Open victor defeated third seed Wawrinka in straight sets 6-4, 7-5 to claim his record-tying fifth Masters title in Indian Wells, with Novak Djokovic also having five wins in the event.

"This was not part of the plan, to win Australia and Indian Wells", Federer said after his 6-4, 7-5 victory over fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka in the Indian Wells final. 34-year-old Andre Agassi previously held the record after winning the Cincinnati Masters in 2004.

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Federer becomes the oldest victor in the tournament's history, overtaking American former world No.1 Jimmy Connors, who was 31 when he took the title in 1984. However, in the second set, Wawrinka broke Federer's serve in the first game itself.

Federer emerged from a daunting quarter in Indian Wells that also included world number two Novak Djokovic and 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal as well as former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro and rising talents Nick Kyrgios and Alexander Zverev.

Roger Federer's remarkable return to the top of the men's game continues after winning the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. "Anybody who loves to watch tennis loves to watch you so it's always good to see you back at that level, hopefully for many years", the world number three added.

The Swiss superman was optimistic with 2017, after a not so Federer year in 2016, where he didnt win any titles. I said, 'I didn't come all this way to play sick and maybe hurt.' The idea was to test the knee, not fight through sickness.

Roger Federer after his 2017 Indian Wells victory.

"It's an absolute huge start to the year for me", he said.

"I was very sad when I couldn't come here a year ago so just being here is a attractive feeling", Federer said during the trophy presentation. "I've got to play aggressive and play like I've been doing all week and hope it's enough".

Neither player lost serve for the first nine games of the opening set, and neither player had even surrendered a break-point opportunity. "That's mean you can still play your best tennis at that age". I have time now and I can go and sit back! "I was trying, when he looked at me, not to give him the sad face", Federer said. He finished the match with 23 winners and 15 unforced errors, which Stan couldn't follow, standing at 17-21 (he had only two backhand winners).

"When I was down 4-1 in the second set, it seemed like so far away this title", she told reporters.

  • Julie Sanders