Federer wins Indian Wells
Forget the comeback talk. Roger Federer is back.
Federer defeated Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 7-5 to win a record-tying fifth BNP Paribas Open title at Indian Wells (Riverside County) in an allSwiss final Sunday to go with his record 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January after missing most of last year with various injuries.
Federer kept reminding everyone during the ATP Masters 1000 event that he was “on the comeback” and, wanting to see how he felt, hadn’t planned beyond the first three months of year
Federer tied the tourney record of Novak Djokovic, who lost in the fourth round, while winning his 90th career title. At 35 years, seven months, Federer became the oldest champion in tournament history. Jimmy Connors was 31 years, five months when he won in 1981.
Federer will move up four spots to No. 6 in the ATP world rankings Monday.
In an all-Russian women’s final, Elena Vesnina defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-4.
Djokovic withdrew from the upcoming Miami Open because of a lingering right elbow injury, joining No. 1ranked Andy Murray (right elbow) and Serena Williams (left knee).
Roger Federer, 35, became the oldest men’s champion at Indian Wells when he beat Stan Wawrinka in Sunday’s final.