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Indian Wells, CA - Like fine wine or cheese, he just keeps getting better with age.
30 year-old Roger Federer (No. 3, SUI) defeated 6' 9" surprise-finalist John Isner (No. 11, USA) in straight sets today at the BNP Paribas Open Men's Single's Championship, 7-6 (7), 6-3.
It was Federer's 73rd professional title, 19th Master's title, and 3rd ATP title this year. He became the first player to win the Indian Wells title for the fourth time.
Federer successfully blunted Isner's massive serving, and avenged his loss to the young North Carolinian last month in Switzerland at the Davis Cup.
The first set was razor close, culminating in a tense tiebreaker in which both players fought off some nerves, with Federer ultimately prevailing.
The second set saw Federer playing more relaxed, and producing some of his best tennis and serving.
The weather was sunny and beautiful all week for the tournament, until today when the conditions were a bit windy, with some rain.
Nevertheless, Federer adjusted to conditions effectively. And he treated the capacity Californian desert crowd to some wonderful tennis play and gentlemanly demeanor, all in classic Federer-form.
"I'm happy I survived the early rounds to give myself a chance. I couldn't be happier," remarked the Swiss star. So far this year, Federer is the hottest player on the ATP tour.
Meanwhile, the Women's Single's Championship saw a re-match of the recent Australian Open final. And a similar result.
Victoria "Queen of the Desert" Azaenka (No 1, BLR) defeated Maria Sharapova (No. 2, RUS) in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3.
Azarenka displayed some powerful and consistent shot-making, riding a growing wave of court confidence. She sports a 23-0 record this year, with four straight WTA titles, so far.
"I had a lot of tough losses last year, and so now I'm really trying to turn it around in my own favor. I never dreamed this would happen," commented the top-ranked young Belarussian star.
Congrats to all the winners, players, fans and supporters at this year's BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.
See you next year!
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