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August 8, 2022

Federer wins fourth Indian Wells title

Roger Federer continued his red-hot run by dispatching surprise finalist John Isner 7-6 6-3 on Sunday to become the first player to win the Indian Wells Masters four times, according to Eurosport. The Swiss world number three blunted the powerful serving of Isner with a controlled display, edging the American 9-7 in the first set tiebreak then breaking him twice in the second set to triumph in one hour and 21 minutes.Federer clinched the title when the towering Isner, who upset world number one Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals and rised to a career-high 10th in the rankings on Monday, dumped a forehand into the net.The Swiss, who had won three consecutive titles at Indian Wells from 2004-06, raised both arms skywards in celebration as the capacity crowd at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden erupted in applause. “This tournament victory couldn’t come at a better time in my career,” Federer, who has triumphed six times in his last eight ATP World Tour events, said while sitting beside the glittering crystal trophy “It’s a big tournament, the first Masters 1000 of the season. It’s been a long time since I have been this successful here, even though I have had some really good matches here in the past.”Federer expressed a measure of surprise over his victory, having come close to withdrawing from the tournament before his opening match because of a lingering flu bug.

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