There is no hotter player in men’s tennis right now than Roger Federer. The Swiss is back to playing No. 1 style tennis after winning the Indian Wells BNP Parisbas Open title ending the magical run of John Isner today in the final 76(7), 63.
Federer has now won 15 straight matches and six of the last eight events, surprising even himself.
“For me it’s an amazing run I’m on right now I’ve won six of the last eight events I’ve played,” Federer said. “I can’t believe myself. It sure feels great.”
Since his US Open semifinal loss to Djokovic Federer’s gone on a torrid tear winning 39 of his last 41 matches including three titles in his last three tournaments. And the two losses during the streak he avenged this weekend, beating Rafael Nadal yesterday and today Isner.
“When it all pays off after a bit of a scare early on in the week and you get the title and the emotions are going, it’s a wonderful feeling,” Federer said who was plagued early in the week by a flu bug.
Federer also wins his fourth Indian Wells title and a 19th Masters 1000 shield tying him with Nadal.
“I remember the days when I won three years in a row here, and I enjoyed myself over here,” Federer said. “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, but it’s nice taking it all the way and getting victories. I was just really happy and not relieved because I was just extremely proud of my performance this week.”
While Federer stays ranked No. 3, he does leapfrog Novak Djokovic for the most points in 2012. Federer moves into the top position with 2,820, ahead of Djokovic’s 2,540.
Both Federer and Djokovic will be competing at the Sony Ericsson Open set to begin later this week. Djokovic beat Nadal in the final last year. Federer lost to Nadal in the semifinals.
Federer can overtake Nadal for the No. 2 ranking in Miami, but the Swiss will have to at least reach the final to harbor a chance.
Congrats to Isner who is confirmed at a new career-high ranking of No. 10.
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