Australian Open champion Roger Federer beat Stan Wawrinka 6-4 7-5 in an all-Swiss last to win the BNP Paribas Open – his fifth Indian Wells triumph.
World number 10 Federer guaranteed the primary set before being broken interestingly at the current year’s competition in the principal round of the second set.
Wawrinka, the world number three, proceeded before Federer won three recreations in succession on his way to the title.
Elena Vesnina beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-7 (6-8) 7-5 6-4 in the ladies’ last.
Federer turns into the most seasoned champion in the competition’s history, outperforming Jimmy Connors, who was 31 when he triumphed in 1984.
This was the 23rd meeting between Federer, a 18-time Grand Slam victor, and Wawrinka.
Federer, 35, has beaten his comrade, who was in tears toward the end, 20 times.
“This has been a children’s story week,” said Federer. “It’s a delightful feeling. Perhaps it’s not as shocking as Australia but rather it’s as yet awesome to back it up by winning in America.
“It’s a fantasy begin to the year. I have completely surpassed my desires. It’s been a mind blowing begin to the year.”