“It’s totally about being healthy, enjoying the tournaments I’m playing and trying to win those”, Federer told reporters after his 6-4, 7-5 over Stan Wawrinka Sunday which gave him his record-tying fifth BNP Paribas Open title.
Kyrgios’ withdrawal spoiled the highly anticipated match with Federer.
The victory took only 1 hour 20 minutes and was Federer’s 20th in 23 tries against Wawrinka.
Seeded ninth, 36-year-old Federer again belied his years and beat his Swiss compatriot Wawrinka for the 15th consecutive time on a hard court.
Facing Stan Wawrinka, Federer rose to the occasion, defeating his fellow countryman and friend in straight sets. He advanced to his first Indian Wells final, having lost in last year’s semis.
Coming into the final, Federer had faced only one break point on his serve and Wawrinka managed just four points while returning in the first set.
Wawrinka responded immediately with a break to open the first set – after Federer had held all 42 of his service games in the tournament to that point.
COULD Roger Federer embark on a musical career once he hangs up his tennis racket? The two players might have been surprised with the confidence he is dominating matches in the circuit. I don’t think I was in any finals except maybe Brisbane previous year.
Williams, 35, won the Australian Open (her 23rd Grand Slam singles title) in January without dropping a set, but she has yet to play another match, citing knee problems as she withdrew from Indian Wells and Miami.
Roger Federer, Grigor Dimitrov and Tommy Haas, the Backhand Boys, along with video bomber Novak Djokovic perform Hard to say I’m sorry by Chicago. I played one tournament previous year where I felt normal and that was the Australian Open.
“She kept being aggressive and yeah, I was too passive”, she said. Thirteen years ago, when he got out of the blocks 18-0 and went on to finish a year-end No. 1 for the first time.
Unloading on a crackling crosscourt forehand that skimmed the tape, Wawrinka pounded out the first break for 5-3. So it’s something you can learn from, especially for me who is going to turn 32 in few days.
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