Roger Federer asserted himself from the start in the final of the Indian Wells Masters, much to the frustration of his Swiss compatriot who, at the Award Ceremony, referred to the Swiss Maestro as an assholeÈ.
For me, the dream run continues. The fairy tale of the comeback that I have already shown in Australia
In what was an emotional runner-up speech, a tearful Wawrinka said following his 6-4 7-5 defeat: I would like to congratulate Roger, who sat in his chair with a broad grin on his face. He is laughing, he is an asshole, but is okay, the world number three concluded jokingly.
The incredible Federer, who by all accounts should be retiring at the age of 35 years and 7-months, seems to have found the elixir of life following last yearÈs six month lay-off. He has come back and only lost once this year and with his latest his fifth title in the Californian desert to match Novak DjokovicÈs feat his fairy tale journey continues.
He required just 80-minutes to dispatch his compatriot and become the oldest champion in the tournamentÈs history, overtaking Jimmy ConnorÈs victory in 1981. The American in comparison, was a fledgling at just 31 and 5-months!
This final was also his 138th appearance in title match and the trophy will have to be squeezed into his crowded trophy cupboard joining his other 89 pieces of silverware!
In titles won he is now 21 ahead of his main rival, Rafa Nadal who he beat for his record breaking 18th grand slam at the Australian Open Federer and in his run at Indian Wells who has 69 titles.
Finally, by winning this tournament, the Swiss will move to 6th place in the ATP world rankings and if he continues in this fashion, could well be vying for that top spot again.
"For me, the dream run continues," Federer said after his victory. "The fairy tale of the comeback that I have already shown in Australia. I’m not as surprised as I was in Australia, but still this comes as a big, big surprise to me, nevertheless, to win here again and beating the players that I did and the way I did. I mean, couldn’t be more happy.
"It’s an absolutely huge start to the year for me. Last year I didn’t win any titles. The change is dramatic, and it feels great. he concluded.