The most talented tennis player, Roger Federer claimed a record reaching fifth ATP Indian Wells Masters title on Sunday, continuing his career resurgence with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Stan Wawrinka.
Federer was not on the screen neither in game from last six months due to the knee surgery last year and returned to win his 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January.
Federer joined Novak Djokovic as the only men to win five Indian Wells titles with Sunday’s triumph in the all-Swiss final, adding to those he won in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2012.
The 35 years old tennis player is the oldest ATP player to win one of the elite Masters titles, supplanting Andre Agassi who was 34 when he won in Cincinnati in 2004.
“It´s been just a fairytale week once again,” said Federer, who missed Indian Wells last year because of injury.
He also stated that “I´m not as surprised as I was in Australia, but still this comes as a big, big surprise to me, nevertheless, to win here again and beating the players that I did and the way I did.
“I couldn´t be more happy. It´s an absolute, huge start to the year for me. Last year I didn´t win any titles. I don´t think I was in any finals except maybe Brisbane last year. The change is dramatic, and it feels great.”
“The goals are clearly changing after this dream start,” Roger added.
Roger Federer had won 19 of 22 prior meetings with Wawrinka — including a semi-final win in Melbourne — 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.
He pushed Wawrinka into a forehand error to end a tense rally for a set point while claiming a tightly contested first set with a break in the 10th game.
Wawrinka responded immediately with a break to open the first set — after Federer had held all 42 of his service games in the tournament to that point and he had saved the lone break point he faced — in his straight-sets thumping of Rafael Nadal in the fourth round — but sent a backhand long on break point to give Wawrinka the advantage in the set.
Wawrinka withstood two break points to hold for a 2-0 lead, which proved short-lived as Federer won the next three games to take a 3-2 lead.