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Federer cruises to fifth Indian Wells title

Mar 20, 2017
written by: Kristina Borojevic
written by: Kristina Borojevic
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Roger Federer continues to defy the odds against him when he beat countryman and good friend Stan Wawrinka in the Indian Wells final 6-4, 7-5 in 1 hour, 20 minutes.

Wawrinka never looked to have a chance against Federer in this encounter. Federer came off firing from the first ball and continued his dominance on the backhand wing. In the past, Wawrinka’s backhand would have been favoured to overpower Federer’s one-hander, but so far in 2017 Federer has his backhand perfectly in sync.

The first set was a battle of the servers and Federer’s only break came at the end when he broke Wawrinka at 5-4 for the set. He was not challenged on serve.

Wawrinka became the only man in Indian Wells this year to break the Federer serve in the first game of the second set when he went up 0-40. The break was short-lived as Federer got it back three games later. Prior to Wawrinka, Rafael Nadal was the only one to earn a break point against Federer in the fourth round.

The serving dominance continued from that point on and Federer got a crucial break before a second set tiebreak could occur.

At 35-years-old, Federer did not drop a set en route to the title and was only broken once.

The battle of the Swiss has usually gone in Federer’s favour, who now leads the head-to-head 20-3 against Wawrinka. It was their second meeting in 2017 after an epic 5-set thriller in the Australian Open semifinals where Federer battled for a 6-3 final set.

The Swiss legend captured his 25th Masters 1000 title and 5th Indian Wells title this past weekend. Federer’s form in 2017 suggests he could pass Rafael Nadal’s total of 28 titles and even challenge Novak Djokovic’s record-holding 30 titles at this level.

In fine Federer fashion, however, he did set his own record with this win…

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