Fed­erer wins Indian Wells

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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).

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Roger Fed­erer, 35, be­came the old­est men’s cham­pion at Indian Wells when he beat Stan Wawrinka in Sun­day’s fi­nal.

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