18 Grand Slam champion 35-year-old Roger Federer defeated Stan Wawrinka 6-4 7-5 in an all-Swiss showdown to win the BNP Paribas Open 2017, winning the title a record fifth time at Indian Wells, Cali.
An overwhelmed Federer, who dropped out last year’s event due to injury addressing the media said that look, ‘sports’ is emotional. So when you win or when you lose, sometimes it’s stronger than you. I like to see it, and I think fans like to see it, too, seeing that players care a lot about winning and losing.
Fifth seed Federer after claiming the first set with was broken for the first time at this year’s tournament in the first game of the second set by Wawrinka, the third seed who went 2-0 ahead before Federer stormed through winning three games in a row to earn his 25th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title.
‘The dream run continues,’ said Federer, whose record 18th Slam crown came after taking out Rafael Nadal in the final at the Australian Open.
The Swiss have proved that age is just a number he said that the fairytale of the comeback that he have already shown in Australia. He is not as surprised as he was in Australia but it’s still great to back it up by winning in America, and still, this comes as a big, big surprise to him, nevertheless, to win here again and beating the players that he did the way he used to.
Federer becomes the oldest winner in the tournament’s history, overtaking American former world No.1 Jimmy Connors, who was 31 when he took the title in 1984.
He admitted it’s a dream start to the year and he has totally exceeded his expectations and it’s been an unbelievable start to the year.
This was the 23rd encounter between Federer and the world No. 3 Wawrinka. Federer leads the series 20-3.