Last year after Wimbledon injury it looked like it was all over for the all-time great player of Tennis history Roger Federer, he will not be able to be the same champion which he has been all these years. His critics were constantly reminding him of the retirement and they were not able to understand what is driving force behind his continuity. For the first time in many years, he went down below top 10 in world rankings. But as the saying goes “Form is Temporary and Class is Permanent” it’s absolutely meant for champions like Roger who have “Never say Never” attitude.
Post injury Roger Federer made a dream comeback in January 2017 with an Australian Open championship after defeating Rafael Nadal in five-setters to take his tally of grand slams to #18. Now in Indian Wells BNP Paribas Masters Open 2017, he emerged as a champion after defeating his fellow statesmen Stan Wawrinka in straight sets 6-4, 6-4. On record books, he is the oldest player to win Masters 1000 championship at 35 Years and 7 Months. He first played this tournament 17 years back and it has been his 5th Indian wells title.
Post match speech Roger said:
“What can I say? This has been a fairytale week once again,” Federer says. “I came here for the first time 17 years ago. To be the champion again, I can’t tell you what it means to me.”
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) March 19, 2017
Today he really played like a champion although 6-4, 6-4 score will tell that it was a close contest but ask any Federer fans they were knowing let it be whatever Roger can not loose today. It was such a dominant display from him today. The specialty of him throughout this tournament was his serve and volley game which has become so less to witness in modern days tennis. Roger today has won 15/17 net points, on the other hand, Wawrinka was able to win just 3/6 net points. Look at the difference in volley attempts by both of them and look at the accuracy Federer just missed 2 out of 17 Net points. The difference in Net points attempted and won tells all the story about the match.
Overall it was a champion performance from him and Roger Federer fans are more than happy to see their champion back in such an emphatic way. There are three more major grand slams tournaments remaining this year and the way Roger is playing number 19 is seeming very much realistic. Hopefully, he will continue to be injury free throughout this year and will give all the more reasons for his fans to enjoy.
Stan Wawrinka fellow countrymen is a great fan of Roger Federer. During his post-match speech, he got emotional and said:
“I would like to congratulate Roger,” a tearful Wawrinka says. “He’s laughing, he’s an asshole but it’s OK.”
Fighting back tears, Wawrinka adds: “I’ve lost some tough ones against you, but when you played the final in Australia, I was your biggest fan. So congratulations on your comeback and congratulations on today.
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