Tennis - Federer beats Wawrinka for fifth Indian Wells title

Roger Federer celebrates after his straight sets win against Stanislas Wawrinka at Indian Wells (AFP Photo/CLIVE BRUNSKILL)

- Roger Federer claimed a record-equalling fifth ATP Indian Wells Masters title, continuing his career resurgence with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Stan Wawrinka. Federer, sidelined some six months after knee surgery last year, returned to win his 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January. With Sunday's triumph in the all-Swiss final, Federer joined Novak Djokovic as the only men to win five Indian Wells titles, adding to those he won in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2012. At 35, Federer becomes the oldest player to win a men's Masters title, supplanting Andre Agassi who was 34 when he won in Cincinnati in 2004. "I've lost some tough ones against you, but when you played the final in Australia, I was your biggest fan," a choked up Wawrinka told Federer at the trophy ceremony. "So congratulations on your comeback and congratulations on today."

AFP