Roger Federer plays Stan Wawrinka in the men's final of the BNP Paribas Open in Stadium 1 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California on Sunday, March 19, 2017.
It’s 2018 and Roger Federer has won the Australian Open men’s singles title. Again. Is it just us, or is this starting to feel a little bit like déjà vu?
Needless to say, Federer’s last year of success defies logic.
“I’ve won three slams now in 12 months,” Federer said after his 20th Grand Slam title win. “I can’t believe it myself.”
Fresh off his victory down under, Federer returns to Indian Wells in the hopes of claiming his sixth BNP Paribas Open crown. The Swiss lifted the trophy last year after an impressive fortnight in which he did not drop a set. Should he defend his title, this would be the fourth time he has won the Australian Open and the BNP Paribas Open in the same year.
Federer will look to improve on his already impressive 57-11 win-loss record in the desert. He owns the most match-wins in Indian Wells of any active player.
This week Federer will take the court in Rotterdam in the hopes of reclaiming the world No.1 ranking for the first time in more than five years. He must reach the semifinals to dethrone current No.1, Rafael Nadal. At 36-years-old the Swiss would become the oldest world No.1 in ATP history.
Should Federer rise to No.1, he would contest the BNP Paribas Open as the top seed for the first time since 2010.
Don’t miss your chance to see the defending champion in action at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.