Federer claims fourth Indian Wells title

March 19th, 2012 - 6:29 pm ICT by IANS  

Roger Federer Indian Wells (California), March 19 (IANS) Swiss maestro Roger Federer claimed his fourth BNP Paribas title, beating American John Isner in straight sets here.

Federer is at par with Spaniard Rafael Nadal’s record of 19 ATP World Tour Masters after the 7-6(7), 6-3 victory in the finals.

Isner shocked World No.1 Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals, while Federer avenged his Australian Open loss to Nadal by ousting the Spaniard from the tournament.

“When it all pays off after a bit of a scare early on in the week and you get the title and the emotions are going, it’s a wonderful feeling,” Federer was quoted as saying by the official ATP website. “I remember the days when I won three years in a row here, and I enjoyed myself over here.

“It’s been a long time since I have been this successful here, even though I have had some really good matches in the past, but it’s nice taking it all the way and getting victories. I was just really happy and not relieved because I was just extremely proud of my performance this week.”

However, it was not all easy sailing for the 16-time Grand Slam winner. Federer had to fight off two break points early on in the first set. The Swiss got his first chance t breaking the Americans serve at 6-5, though Isner held on and took the first set into tie-break.

In the second set, Federer looked more comfortable and was back to hitting his trademark one-handed backhand winners, for which Isner had no answer. He finally finished off the match in an hour and 21 minutes to extend his winning streak to 15 games.

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