Federer's fairytale continues

20 March 2017 06:22:37 EST

Roger Federer said it had been another fairytale week after he continued his excellent start to 2017 by winning the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.

Federer, who won the Australian Open in January, beat his fellow Swiss player Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4 7-5 to win the title for the fifth time following his previous successes in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2012.

The 35-year-old missed the second half of last season because of injury but has been in sublime form since the turn of the year and will be keen to continue his inspired run at the Miami Open. Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic have already withdrawn from the tournament.

"It's been just a fairytale week once again," said Federer. "I'm still on the comeback. I hope my body is going to allow me to keep on playing.

"I came here for the first time 17 years ago. So to be here again as the champion is an amazing feeling."

Federer also beat Wawrinka in Melbourne, edging an epic semi-final encounter in five sets. The beaten finalist said after his defeat in Indian Wells: "I'm sorry. I'm just tired after ten days, so, sorry."

Federer is 1212/1 to win the French Open final in June and 2/1 to triumph at Wimbledon.

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