The Roger Federer resurgence swept the desert these past two weeks - he didn’t drop a set en route to the BNP Paribas Open title. Here are 10 things the G.O.A.T. achieved with his run in Indian Wells:
He won his fifth Indian Wells title. Federer has now won Indian Wells five times - 2004, 2005, 2006, 2012 and 2017 - which ties him with Djokovic for most career titles at Indian Wells, male or female.
He won his milestone 25th Masters 1000 title. He’s still No.3 on the all-time list of Masters 1000 titles, after Djokovic (who has 30 Masters 1000 titles) and Nadal (who has 28 Masters 1000 titles).
He also won a milestone 90th career ATP World Tour title. Again, he’s still No.3 on the list - ahead of him in ATP World Tour titles in the Open Era are Connors (who won 109) and Lendl (who won 94).
He continued his head-to-head dominance over Wawrinka. Federer is now 20-3 in the head-to-head against Wawrinka, and an even more frightening 15-0 against his fellow Swiss on hardcourts.
He also continued to close the gap in his head-to-head against Nadal. Federer won his fourth round clash against Nadal to close the gap in their overall head-to-head to 23-13 - but he’s now won three meetings a row for the first time in their rivalry, and they’re now an even 9-9 on hardcourts.
He stayed perfect against Top 10 players this year. Federer is a flawless 6-0 against Top 10 players this year now - he got four of those wins during his run to the Australian Open title (Berdych, Nishikori, Wawrinka and Nadal) and two more en route to the Indian Wells title (Nadal and Wawrinka).
He became the oldest player ever to win Indian Wells. At 35 years and 7 months, Federer set a new record for oldest player, male or female, ever to win the BNP Paribas Open. The previous men’s record was held by Connors (he was 31 years and 5 months when he won in 1984) and the previous women’s record was held by Navratilova (she was 34 years and 4 months when she won in 1991).
He became the oldest man to win a Masters 1000 title. At 35 years and 7 months, Federer has surpassed Agassi’s previous record - he was 34 years and 3 months when he won Cincinnati in 2004.
He’s back up to No.6 in the rankings - and he could go as high as No.4 after Miami. He soared from No.17 to No.10 after winning the Australian Open, and he’s just gone from No.10 to No.6 after winning Indian Wells. With little to defend until Wimbledon, how high can the G.O.A.T. go this spring?
He kept the Big Four in charge of the Masters 1000 tournaments. By winning Indian Wells, Federer kept an impressive stretch going for the Big Four - they’ve now won 21 of the last 22 Masters 1000 tournaments (the only exception since August 2014 is Cilic winning Cincinnati last summer).