Roger Federer wins Indian Wells Masters after spectacular showdown
Mar 30 2017 by Marjorie Miles
Roger Federer has won his 90th career title after beating Stan Wawrinka in an all-Swiss final at the BNP Paribas Open.
"It's been just a fairy tale week once again", said Federer, who missed Indian Wells a year ago because of injury. With this win, Federer has become the oldest champion in the history of BNP Paribas Open.
He was granted a bye in the quarter-finals when Nick Kyrgios, who beat Novak Djokovic, withdrew with illness but he beat Jack Sock in the semi-finals to set up the clash with Wawrinka. When he defeated Rafael Nadal in the final of the Australian Open, everyone, including experts, were in awe of the attacking show he put in Melbourne. Fedrer won the first set easily as Wawrinka failed to read the Federer serve.
But Federer won six of the next seven points, including the last three, as he sealed the contest on his first opportunity.
"I will make the plan for the remainder of the season, especially for the clay, after Miami, and then see also what the goals are because the goals are clearly changing after this dream start". I played well all week and I couldn't be more happy.
"When I was down 4-1 in the second set, it seemed like so far away this title".
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"I was just not giving anything at that moment". "I couldn't figure out a lot the wind and stuff like that". "Things got a bit more complicated, but it was definitely a good feeling to get through in two sets". It's a tough loss.
Last year, Federer pulled out of the Miami Open due to an untimely stomach flu. "But I gave myself chances in the second".
He told BBC: "This has been a fairy tale week". Thereon, it was easy for Federer to claim the game, set, match and the title. He was 17th before the Australian Open and he is moving his way up very rapidly. The two met in a semifinals match just after Wawrinka had defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets to advance.
Against Spain's 23rd-ranked Carreno Busta, however, it was clear sailing for the three-time Grand Slam champion, who didn't face a break point in the 64 minute match. If Raonic doesn't return soon, then Federer will likely climb back into the Top 5 soon, not even three months after returning from a major injury that saw him drift down to the World No. 16 position to start the season.
Emotionally exhausted after 10 days of fierce competition he began to break down, his eyes welling as he struggled to manage his words.
Federer was later asked if he had ever been called an asshole before and said that he'd been heard it "many, many times before" in a joking way.