Fifth Indian Wells Masters victory for Roger Federer

Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after defeating Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland in the men's final on day 14 during the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 19, 2017 in Indian Wells, California.

The Swiss is enjoying his best start to a season since 2006. Wawrinka had a 40-30 lead in that game, but Federer won the next three points, finishing off the victory on his first match-point opportunity.

"I came here for the first time 17 years ago so to be here again as the champion is an unbelievable feeling". He had already had a record of 18 Grand Slam winning the Australian final. His ranking had slipped to 17 in the world and his goals were modest compared to what he actually ended up achieving. But the new world No 6 will expect stiff competition from the very best players on the planet, despite the absence of Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic.

"I think now it's really important for me to rest up", began the 25-time Masters champion. "What I don't want to do is overplay and just get exhausted of traveling and exhausted of just playing tournaments and just entering and doing people a favor just to be there with no aspirations". It's great, but you definitely have to reassess your goals maybe now and see, Where do you go from here? "Because this was not part of the plan, to win Australia and Indian Wells, I can tell you that".

Next up for him is the Miami Masters.

Wawrinka was even more dominant in the other semi, demolishing Spanish 21st seed Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3 6-2.

Federer said the key to his schedule would be working out "how can I remain healthy and how can I keep the fire and the motivation for the tournaments that I will be playing".

Federer defeated Wawrinka 6-4, 7-5 in an all-Swiss final that lasted for one hour and 20 minutes. With this win, Federer has become the oldest champion in the history of BNP Paribas Open. "The room for error is so little", he said of the challenge posed by Federer. The umpire said he was.

Wawrinka congratulated his rival after the game.

Those questions have been replaced by the aforementioned, but for Federer to reach the No.1 ranking he'd have to continue his magical tennis unabated.

"It's been just a fairytale week once again", said Federer, via ATP World Tour, at the trophy presentation. Probably a bit of everything, you know, but some tough match.

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The Miami Open will also award wildcards to five men and eight women. "I went to serve and I was like I'm never going to lose this game". "So it wasn't easy".

After the match, when Wawrinka was giving an emotional speech to the crowd in the post-match presentation, Federer sat courtside laughing. With a lopsided record against Nadal working against him, they said he wouldn't be able to beat him in Australia?

  • Julie Sanders