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Federer creates history at 35; wins BNP Paribas Open

Roger Federer has yet again shown that winning does not diminish with age. In an exciting match in the finals of the BNP Paribas Open, Federer defeated Stan Wawrinka 6-4 7-5 to clinch his fifth Indian Wells triumph. With this win, Federer has become the oldest champion in the history of BNP Paribas Open. While Federer has marked his win at the age of 35, the earlier record was held by Jimmy Connors, who had won the tournament at the age of 31 in 1984.

Playing against Wawrinka (world number 3), Federer (world number 10) took the first set with no major setbacks. However, in the second set, Wawrinka broke Federer’s serve in the first game itself. He then maintained his win when serving in the second game of the second set, to secure a lead of 2-0 against Federer. However, Federer’s survival instincts kicked in and he fought back, winning three games in a row. Thereon, it was easy for Federer to claim the game, set, match and the title.

Meanwhile in the women’s final, Elena Vesnina beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-7 (6-8) 7-5 6-4 to win the women’s title at BNP Paribas Open.

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