Roger Federer brought home his fifth Indian Wells title
Throw out all of the comeback talk; Roger Federer is back, and here to stay.
Federer defeated fellow Swiss compatriot Stan Wawrinka in straight sets (6-4, 7-5) to win a record-tying fifth BNP Paribas Open title to go with his record 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January after missing most of last year with various injuries.
The title in Indian Wells was his 25th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title and his 90th tour-level title overall.
At 35 years, 7 months, Federer became the oldest champion in the desert tournament’s history, surpassing Jimmy Connors, who was 31 years, 5 months when he won in 1981.
Federer dropped serve just once in five matches, losing the first game of the second set against the No. 3 seed Wawrinka. He only had to save one break point in his dismantling of longtime rival, Rafael Nadal in the fourth round, and never lost a set in the tournament.
“I’m not as surprised as I was in Australia, but still this comes as a big, big surprise to me,” said Federer. “I mean, couldn’t be more happy. It’s an absolute, huge start to the year for me. I don’t think I was in any finals last year, except maybe Brisbane. The change is dramatic, and it feels great.”
Federer will move up four spots to No. 6 in the ATP world rankings on Monday.