On Sunday, he won the Indian Wells title for the fifth time, toppling compatriot Stan Wawrinka, 6-4, 7-5, thereby becoming the oldest man to win a Masters title. The focus now for the in-form Swiss is the Miami Open and following the withdrawals of Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, who have shared the title for the last six years, he will fancy his chances of winning the title there as well. After a hiccup in Dubai, where he was stunned by world number 116 Evgeny Donskoy, Federer has emerged from one of the toughest draws in ATP history to reach the final of the Indian Wells Masters. "I'm not as surprised as I was in Australia, but still this comes as a big, big surprise to me". "I'm super happy to be in the finals".
At the start of the year, Federer returned to competitive tennis after a lengthy break, fuelling speculation that his retirement was around the corner. I was very sad when I couldn't come here previous year.
She added: "I think all these little things, that makes the difference". "The change is dramatic, and it feels great", Federer told ATP website.
The speedy progress means 10th-ranked Federer will have to reassess his 2017 goals. And the video of him singing alongside Grigor Dimitrov, Tommy Haas and musician David Foster which went viral during Australian Open? What's more, Wawrinka won 76 percent of his second-service points, so there was little discernible difference even when he didn't convert his firsts.
However, Federer broke back in the fourth game to tie the set at 2-2, and both players held serve until Federer broke again in the decisive 12th game. Federer is also 15-0 versus Wawrinka on hardcourts.
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Federer defeated Wawrinka 6-4, 7-5 in an all-Swiss final that lasted for one hour and 20 minutes.
Finally Wawrinka found himself serving to save the match. "So congratulations on your comeback and congratulations on today".
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After fearing that knee trouble in the wake of the Australian Open would slow his season, Wawrinka was pleased to play at a high level. 'It is maybe not as surprising as Australia but still unbelievably surprising for me that I was able to back it up here in America. That's why again I sort of go to Miami knowing it's going to be really hard. I need to look what was good here, what was not that great in the final.