Roger Federer defeats Stan Wawrinka to win BNP Masters title
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 31, 2017,
Mar 31, 2017, 13:19
Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka set up an all-Swiss showdown for the ATP Indian Wells Masters title on Saturday with straight-sets semi-final victories. At 35 years, he is the oldest Masters 1000 champion since a 34-year-old Andre Agassi won the Cincinnati title in 2004.
In sublime form these days, Federer books Indian Wells title clash with fellow countryman Wawrinka Roger Federer's resurgence has already out-stripped his expectations, but the Swiss great says relishing the game is more important now than chasing a ranking.
"I can not believe it to be honest, to win such a big title against Svetlana, a Top 10 player", said an elated Vesnina.
"I couldn't be more happy". Asked later if it was the first time in his life that he had been called the expletive, Federer said he'd heard it "many, many times before" in a joking way.
"I was very sad when I couldn't come here a year ago so just being here is a handsome feeling", he added". "I was excited for Miami previous year, was going to test my knee, and then I got there and I got a stomach bug. The change is dramatic, and it feels great", he added.
And now that he's back at number six in the world, Federer is reassessing his goals for 2017.
The 18-time Grand Slam victor was courtside laughing while Wawrinka cut an emotional figure after his second loss to Federer this season. "Then I will make the plan for the remainder of the season after - especially for the clay after Miami, and then see also what the goals are, because the goals are clearly changing after this dream start".
While Federer had won 19 of 22 prior meetings with Wawrinka, he noted that his compatriot would be no easy mark as he played his first tournament in America since winning the US Open in September.
Rodger Federer became a five-time victor of the tournament as he defeated an emotional Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 7-5, and bagged a healthy cheque for just over $7million in prize money.
Federer hasn't been broken in the tournament, and in fact has faced just one break point, against Nadal.
After a finals loss at Indian Wells to Federer, let's look at how Wawrinka has done up until this point. He constantly kept Wawrinka on his toes from the baseline and didn't give Wawrinka any openings on serve.
Federer appeared in the match without ever giving up his service.
"I've lost some tough ones against you, but when you played the final in Australia, I was still your biggest fan".
"So congratulations on your comeback and congratulations on today".
In an all-Russian women's final, Elena Vesnina defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova in three sets 6-7, 7-5, 6-4. Whether he can move past Wawrinka, Djokovic and Murray and regain the number one ranking is a question that Federer, in his current incarnation, isn't too anxious about. Although the ninth seed took charge in the first set with the aggressive style we've seen all week, the 31-year-old hit back at the beginning of the second set by breaking Fed early, leading 2-0. It was hard to break and return well off Jack's heavy serve. I have time now and I can go and sit back! "I hope you stay here for a few years".
"I was just not giving anything at that moment". At the end of the match, his rival was brought to tears.