TENNIS

Roger Federer Clinch Indian Wells Tennis Title

Roger Federer beats Stan Wawrinka 6-4 and 7-5 in an all-Swiss Final to win Indian Wells Tennis Tournament title.

The win gave Federer a record-tying fifth Indian Wells title and distinction as tournament's oldest winner.

After a stunning return from six-month layoff by winning Australian Open in January, the 35-year-Old Swiss Master, capped an impressive run in the California Desert.

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 service break.

Wawrinka, who was making his first appearance in an Indian Wells Final, broke right back and held serve to move ahead 2-0 in the ensuing set but Federer never wavered.

Federer now joins Novak Djokovic a five-time winner at the event and becomes the Oldest Champion in Tournament's history, surpassing jimmy Connors who was 31 when he triumphed in 1984.