19th Masters title for Federer

Great performance by Roger Federer yesterday, with a 7-6, 6-3 win over towering John Isner to win the Indian Wells ATP 1000 tournament.

In the space of 2 days, Federer has beaten the only 2 players who have defeated him since September 2011. I missed the opening set, but when I woke up and saw that Fed had won it 7-6, I was encouraged to switch on the TV and watch the demolition in the 2nd set. Federer lost just one point on serve in that set and he out-aced Isner, the ace king.

In the next few days, they will all be back on court at the Miami Masters. These 2 ‘mini-Slams’ are the hardest back to back tournaments to win in tennis (other than the French-Wimbledon double), because they each have a 96 player field and have just a 3 day gap between them.

Should be interesting to see how the Top 4 fare in the next one week.

For the moment, Federer must be feeling great, having won 6 of his last 8 tournaments and now looking forward to a chance to overtake Nadal as #2 in Miami, if Federer wins there and Nadal has a bad tournament.

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