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Posted at: Mar 21, 2017, 2:18 AM; last updated: Mar 21, 2017, 2:18 AM (IST)

High five

Federer beats Wawrinka to win record-equalling fifth title

Vesnina outlasts Kuznetsova in final

  • Elena Vesnina survived a battle of attrition and nerves to beat fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-7(6) 7-5 6-4 in the BNP Paribas Open final on Sunday and secure the biggest title of her career. After more than three hours in the scorching midday sun, Vesnina finally clinched victory on her second championship point.
High five
Roger Federer waves at his family after winning the final. AFP
Indian Wells (USA), March 20

A rejuvenated Roger Federer beat fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka 6-4 7-5 in the BNP Paribas Open final on Sunday to earn a record-tying fifth Indian Wells title and the distinction of being the tournament’s oldest winner.

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

“I have exceeded my expectations. My goal was to be top eight by Wimbledon. This is just a dream start,” Federer, who will climb four spots to world No. 6 on Monday, said. 

“I understand the talk about (me getting back to) world No. 1 with Andy (Murray) and Novak (Djokovic) not playing well and I’ll try to back it up. But this is my 90th (tour-level) title so I’ll try to enjoy this first.” — Reuters

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