Roger Federer wins BNP Paribas Open for the fifth time

The BNP Paribas Open ended on Sunday, and the respective men's and women's titlists in Indian Wells are Roger Federer and Elena Vesnina. In the 10th game, Wawrinka slipped and Federer took the set, 6-4.

Although he owns three Grand Slam titles, Wawrinka was playing in just his fourth Masters final and has won just one of the prestige events - beating Federer in the final at Monte Carlo in 2014.

The world's top-two, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, are both out of the tournament nursing right elbow injuries and Federer will be seeded No4 behind Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic.

On his way to the final he defeated Robert Stephane, Steve Johnson, he had a walkover against Nick Kyrgios and he beat Jack Sock in the semis.

Federer hit back to level at 2-2 before he made another crucial break at 6-5, which was enough to seal the victory - a 90th career title. Sidelined some six months after knee surgery previous year, Federer came back to win his 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January.

The gamut of emotions on Roger Federer's face as he hit the victor that gave him his fifth Indian Wells title on Sunday ranged from exhilaration to wild-eyed surprise. "What I don't want to do is overplay and just get exhausted of traveling and exhausted of just playing tournaments and just entering and doing people a favor just to be there with no aspirations". Remarkably, Federer only dropped his service once in the whole tournament which came in the very first game of the second set in the final.

It was a result which reduced Federer's great friend Wawrinka to tears and moved the 35-year-old Swiss to sixth in the world rankings. "Because this was not part of the plan, to win Australia and Indian Wells, I can tell you that". "I hope I can play as late as possible going to Miami". Federer having been sidelined for nearly six months a year ago has made an incredible return to the game, winning his second title in the space of eight weeks.

"That's why I take it as a compliment", the Swiss ace said. On year-to-date rankings, Vesnina is now the 6th-best player behind Serena Williams, Karolina Pliskova, Elina Svitolina, Venus Williams, and Caroline Wozniacki. When you win and you lose... it's stronger than you.

"I think now it's really important for me to rest up", began the 25-time Masters champion.

While the defeat left Wawrinka an emotional wreck, with the teary-eyed U.S. Open champion calling himself Federer's "biggest fan", the popular champion was left to soak up a standing ovation.



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