Roger Federer wins fifth Indian Wells tournament title

Roger Federer of Switzerland holds the BNP Paribas Open trophy aloft after his straight sets victory against compatriot ...
Clive Brunskill

Roger Federer of Switzerland holds the BNP Paribas Open trophy aloft after his straight sets victory against compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka at Indian Wells.

A revived Roger Federer beat fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka 6-4 7-5 in the BNP Paribas Open final on Sunday to earn a record-tying fifth Indian Wells title and distinction as the tournament's oldest winner.

The win by the 35-year-old Swiss master, who made a stunning return from a six- month layoff by winning the Australian Open in January, capped an impressive run in the California desert in which he did not lose a set the entire way.

The rematch of the Australian Open semi-final saw the close friends hold serve until the 10th game of the opening set when Federer, ahead 5-4, outlasted Wawrinka in a thrilling 21-shot rally for the service break.

Roger Federer after his 2017 Indian Wells victory.
Matthew Stockman

Roger Federer after his 2017 Indian Wells victory.

Wawrinka, who was making his first appearance in an Indian Wells final, broke right back and held serve to move ahead 2-0 in the ensuing set but Federer never wavered.

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Federer now joins Novak Djokovic as a five-time winner at the event and becomes the oldest champion in the tournament's history, surpassing Jimmy Connors who was 31 when he triumphed in 1984.

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