INDIAN WELLS, March 20, 2017
Ninth seed Roger Federer defeated third favourite and fellow countrymen Stan Wawrinka 6-3, 7-5 in Sunday’s final of the BNP Paribas Open to take the title in Indian Wells.
The World No. 6 from Switzerland won 78 per cent of his first service points and broke serve three times to seal victory in one hour and 20 minutes.
This is Federer’s 90th tour-level crown and 25th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title.
At 35 years old, he is the oldest Masters 1000 champion since a 34-year-old Andre Agassi won Cincinnati in 2004. Federer has played seven finals in the desert, previously winning in 2004-2006 and 2012, and finishing runner-up in 2014-2015.
“It’s just been a fairytale week once again. I’m still on the comeback. I hope my body is going to allow me to keep on playing. I was very sad when I couldn’t come here last year. Just being here is a beautiful feeling. It’s one of my favourite tournaments. I came here for the first time 17 years ago, so to be here again as the champion is an amazing feeling,” Federer told.
Wawrinka was seeking his first Masters 1000 title since winning Monte-Carlo in 2014.
“He was playing really fast. He was staying on the line, trying to play fast from both sides. It was tough for me to really get into [the points]. He always had an answer. I had a few little opportunities that I could have maybe done better, but it wasn’t enough,” the Lausanne native stated.