Stan Wawrinka powers into first final — ATP Indian Wells

Two months after winning the Australian Open, the 35-year-old beat compatriot Stan Wawrinka 6-4 7-5 to become the oldest champion in the tournament's history, overtaking Jimmy Connors who was 31 when he won in 1984.

Federer, sidelined some six months after knee surgery previous year, returned to win his 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January.

Eighteen-times grand slam victor Federer advanced to the semi-finals without lifting a racket as suspected food poisoning forced Australian Nick Kyrgios to withdraw from their much anticipated quarter-final.

In sublime form these days, Federer books Indian Wells title clash with fellow countryman Wawrinka Roger Federer's resurgence has already out-stripped his expectations, but the Swiss great says relishing the game is more important now than chasing a ranking.

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It has been a season of achievements, big and small, and to watch Federer at this moment in the sun is to see a champion moving and swinging freely, be it the first point or match point, which he won with a forehand volley on Sunday. "The change is dramatic, and it feels great", he added.

According to the ATP World Tour's official website, Federer holds an overwhelming 19-3 advantage in head-to-head meetings with Wawrinka. Remarkably, Federer only dropped his service once in the whole tournament which came in the very first game of the second set in the final. "I'm not as surprised as I was in Australia, but still this comes as a big, big surprise to me".

And that happened once again this weekend as Federer beat Wawrinka in the Indian Wells final.

With Federer in top form, the next big ATP competition Miami Open would have been a huge event for the fans too, but the world number one and two players have chose to skip the competition.

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Federer's return is a good for tennis, and things would be even merrier if there be more Federer-Nadal face-offs in the future, for their rivalry acts like a powerful drug that can evoke positive memories in the hearts of a hardcore tennis aficionado and a casual viewer of the game, alike. I wouldn't have dreamed that a few years ago and now it's the second we played.

"I want to wish Roger the best of luck for the rest of the tournament and thank everyone for their support so far here at the BNP Paribas Open". I know how hard it is to win back-to-back Indian Wells and Miami titles.

With tears in his eyes when congratulating his rival, he spotted Federer laughing at him and in turn called him an "asshole".

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