#Roger Federer wins again. How often have we heard those four words associated with an athlete who is considered to be the best male tennis player ever? Finishing two grueling weeks of tennis, Federer took the first place trophy over Stan Wanrinka, 6-4, 7-5. Securing this championship ties him with Novak Djokovic with five first place PNB Paribas Open finishes a piece. More importantly, the Federer fairytale continues.
His victory at Indian Wells
Round 1 started with a bye for Federer, which brought him into round 2 facing unseeded Stephane Robert. Winning 6-2, 6-1, Federer moved onto 24th seeded Steve Johnson. After a 7-6, 7-6 victory, Federer met 5th seeded Rafael Nadal, beating him handily 6-2, 6-3. Next it was a match against Nick Kyrgios, who was seeded 15th, but is part of the new, upcoming crowd of dominant male tennis players and would have been a hearty challenge. However, Kyrgios withdrew, giving Federer the opportunity to beat his next opponent, Jack Sock 6-1, 7-6.
The final against Wanrinka pit two Swiss nationals and longtime friends against each other, with Federer coming out on top. Though Federer has a history of winning when matched up against Wanrinka, tennis is still a game of anything-can-happen, and Federer played as if that was so.
The Federer fairytale continues
At age 35, Federer is at the high side in terms of age in a sport that continually favors youth. Yet, his serve is in high gear. His overall game has been compared to his game of yesteryear. Having sat out most of 2016 due to injury, surgery, and recuperation, his 2017 was an unknown entity. However, in January, he won the #Australian Open in a dramatic five set finale against Nadal, his longtime nemesis. Federer secured his fifth Australian win and his 18th major, never seemingly losing a beat after being off the competitive court for more than six months prior.
Federer's tennis rank is sure to escalate with his win at #Indian Wells. More importantly, the world can continue to watch in wonder as this tennis phenomenon plays out his very own Cinderella story.