California, March 20: Swiss tennis star Roger Federer registered a comprehensive win against Stan Wawrinka on Sunday and bagged the men’s title of All Indian Wells tournament. On the other side, Russian tennis player Elena Vesnina defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova and clinched the women’s title.
However, a rejuvenated Roger Federer defeated fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka by 6-4 7-5 in the finals of All Indian Wells to earn a record-tying fifth Indian Wells title and the distinction of being the tournament’s oldest winner. The rematch of the Australian Open semi-final saw the close friends hold serve until the 10th game of the opening set when Federer, ahead 5-4, outlasted Wawrinka in a thrilling 21-shot rally for the service break.
Wawrinka, making his first appearance in an Indian Wells final, came out firing in the second set as he became the first player to break Federer this fortnight and then saved a pair of break points in the next game to move ahead 2-0. But Federer never wavered as he coolly won the next three games and then broke Wawrinka in the 12th game to close out the match in 80 minutes.
On championship point, Federer jumped right on Wawrinka’s serve and quickly had his compatriot running back and forth along the baseline. Finally, when Wawrinka reached out desperately to send a forehand back, Federer charged to the net and slammed down a running forehand to clinch the title.
Meanwhile, Elena Vesnina coming from behind and defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova by 6-7 (8-6), 7-5, 6-4 and clinched the title easily. Playing in her first final at the elite Premier Mandatory-level, world number 15 Vesnina battled through a tense three hours and one minute to subdue eighth-ranked Kuznetsova, a two-time Grand Slam champion. Vesnina earned $1,175,505 (£950,000) for her third career singles title and moved up two spots to a career-high No 13 in the world rankings on Monday.