Federer victory spurs talk of return to No 1

Sports | Mar 21, 2017
Roger Federer beat fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka 6-4 7-5 to earn a record-tying fifth Indian Wells title and the distinction of being the tournament's oldest winner.

The 35-year-old tennis great, who returned from a six-month layoff to win the Australian Open in January, capped an impressive run in the California desert in which he did not lose a set.

"It's been just a fairytale week. I'm still on the comeback. I hope my body is going to allow me to keep on playing," said Federer, who moves up to No 6 in the world with this win.

"I came here for the first time 17 years ago so to be here again as the champion is an amazing feeling. And I can't tell you enough what it means to me."

With world No 1 Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic struggling, Federer said he understood the talk about him possibly returning to the top of the rankings. "I'll try to back it up," he added. "But this is my 90th [Tour-level] title so I'll try to enjoy this first."


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