INDIAN WELLS, Calif -- The resurgent Roger Federer dominated the all-Swiss final of the BNP Paribas Open over compatriot Stan Wawrinka en route to his fifth Indian Wells trophy.
There were no breaks of serve until the ninth game where at 4-5 down 30-40, Wawrinka hit a long forehand, giving Federer the first set.
In the first game of the second set, Wawrinka broke Federer, something that no one in this year's tournament had been able to do. Wawrinka consolidated the break to go up 2-0.
After a hold in the third game, the 35-year-old got the break back in the fourth to even the score 2-2 and was able to consolidate to go up 3-2.
At 6-5 30-40, Federer won the next three points to win this year's BNP Paribas Open.
The younger Swiss was very emotional after his defeat. This was the 31-year-old's second loss to Federer in less than two months as Federer beat him in the semifinal of the Australian Open in January.
"You know, it's a tough loss," acknowledged Wawrinka. "Probably a bit of everything ,you know, but some tough match.
"In a way, I'm really happy to make the final. It's a great result on that, but you always want more. And to lose a final, it's never easy. Had some really tough weeks, also, after Australian Open. I was injured. It was really tough for me.
"Anyway, I'm really happy to be that quick at that level, but still lost the final. So it wasn't easy," said Wawrinka.
Last year's winners Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka went on to win the Miami Open titles, which is a difficult feat. Federer knows how difficult it is to win the 'Sunshine Double.'
"I know how hard it is to win back-to-back Indian Wells and Miami titles," Federer acknowledged. "That's why again I sort of go to Miami knowing, like, it's going to be really difficult. I don't know the draw yet. As we know in Masters 1000s, draws are brutal early on already. There is no warming up and playing qualifiers ranked 250, sometimes, which even they are not easy to beat sometimes on any given day."