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Federer defeats Wawrinka in all-Swiss men's final to lift fifth Indian Wells title

 Agencies |  2017-03-20 16:25:41.0  |  Indian wells

Federer defeats Wawrinka in all-Swiss mens final  to lift fifth Indian Wells title

Roger Federer claimed a record-equalling fifth ATP Indian Wells Masters title, continuing his career resurgence with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Stan Wawrinka.
With Sunday's win, the 35-year-old Federer – who is now the oldest champion in history at Indian Wells – goes up four slots to the sixth place in the ATP rankings and is tied with Serbia's Novak Djokovic as the players with the greatest number of trophies from the California desert venue, reports Efe.

Federer had come back from a six-month hiatus from tennis by winning the Australian Open in January, and seemingly breezed through the California contest, winning every set in all his encounters.

Both players held serve until the 10th game of the first set when Federer, out in front by 5-4, managed to best his close friend in a 21-shot rally for the service break, after which Wawrinka broke Federer's serve initially to go out in front 2-0 in the second set before the champion-to-be battled back.

"It's an absolutely huge start to the year for me. Last year I didn't win any titles. I don't think I was in any finals except Brisbane. The change is dramatic, and it feels great," Federer told ATP website.

"For me, the dream run continues," Federer said. "I'm not as surprised as I was in Australia, but still this comes as a big, big surprise to me, nevertheless, to win here again and beating the players that I did and the way I did. I couldn't be more happy."

Federer on Saturday had continued his strong run of formby handily defeating American Jack Sock in the tiebreaker 6-1, 7-6 (7-4) to set up the showdown against Wawrinka in the final.

Federer had routed arch-rival Rafael Nadal of Spain in the round of 16 and earlier on Saturday, the third-ranked Wawrinka had made quick work of Spaniard Pablo Carreño Busta, defeating him 6-3, 6-2, to reach his first Indian Wells final.

Meanwhile, earlier on Sunday, in the women's final Russia' Elena Vesnina beat countrywoman Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-4 for the trophy.

The 30-year-old Vesnina had been unable to make it past the tourney's third round in singles, but she beat the number two seeded Angelique Kerber, and Venus Williams (No. 12) this time around to advance to the final.

Kuznetsova had luck on her side early, winning the first set on a net cord in the tiebreaker. She gave the traditional wave acknowledging her good fortune to Vesnina, who had blown leads of 2-0 and 4-2.

Vesnina had 46 winners and 49 unforced errors. She successfully gambled at the net, winning 24 of 32 points during the three-hour match. Kuznetsova was runner-up in 2007 and 2008. At 31, Kuznetsova was the fifth-oldest women to reach the final. But the two-time major champion struggled with the lead while playing in front of hundreds of empty seats.

"I didn't feel good on Monday because she was very aggressive and I was a little bit out of my game," said Kuznetsova, the No. 8 seed. "I couldn't figure out a lot the wind and stuff like that."

Vesnina earned $1,175,505 (£950,000) for her third career singles title and will move up two spots to a career-high No 13 in the world rankings on Monday. The only other all-Russian women's final was in 2006, when Maria Sharapova beat Elena Dementieva.

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