Roger Federer coolly outplayed surprise finalist John Isner 7-6 (7), 6-3 on Sunday to become the first player to win the Indian Wells ATP tournament four times.The Swiss world number three overcame the powerful serving of Isner with a controlled display, edging the American 9-7 in the first set tiebreak then breaking him twice in the second set to triumph in one hour and 21 minutes.
Federer clinched the title when the towering Isner, who upset world number one Serb Novak Djokovic in the semifinals, dumped a forehand into the net. Earlier in the semi-finals, Federer thrashed his arch-rival Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-4 with relative ease. Roger Federer had also won this title for three years in succession from 2004-2006.
Federer’s victory tied him with Nadal for most ATP World Tour Masters 1000 career titles at 19. Since his semifinal loss to Djokovic at last year’s US Open, Federer has been arguably the hottest player on the men’s circuit, winning 39 of his 41 matches.
In the Women’s Final, World No.1 Victoria Azarenka routed Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-3 to win the BNP Paribas Open title on Sunday, in what was the WTA Tour’s first final between the World No. 1 and World No. 2 players since 2008.
Azarenka broke Sharapova six times to improve her record to 23-0 this year, the best start to a season since Martina Hingis went 37-0 in 1997. The top-ranked Belarusian earned $1 million for her Tour-leading fourth title of the year.
It was a rematch of the Australian Open final, which Azarenka won 6-3, 6-0 in January to keep Sharapova from regaining the No. 1 ranking. This time, Sharapova was error-prone during the one and half hour match on an unusually cold, windy day in the desert. The second-ranked Russian kept hitting close to the lines and missing. It was yet another dominant performance by Azarenka, who improved to 5-3 against Sharapova, including 4-0 in finals.