The men and women's finals at the BNP Paribas Open played at Indian Wells, California, took place on Sunday. Below, we'll break down the day's results and reactions from the tennis world.
|ATP BNP Paribas Open Final|
|No. 3 Stan Wawrinka||4||5|
|No. 9 Roger Federer||6||7|
The dream season continues for Roger Federer.
The most decorated male tennis player in history continued adding to his hardware, dismissing Stan Wawrinka in straight sets on Sunday evening. He's now 13-1 on the year and has two titles to his name, including the Australian Open.
"What can I say?" Federer said to the crowd after the match, per the Guardian's Bryan Armen Graham. "This has been a fairytale week once again. I came here for the first time 17 years ago. To be the champion again, I can't tell you what it means to me."
Even Wawrinka admitted to being a Federer fan after the match.
"I've lost some tough ones against you, but when you played the final in Australia, I was your biggest fan," he said in his post-match comments, according to Graham. "So congratulations on your comeback and congratulations on today."
It was a gracious concession from Wawrinka after a dominant performance from Federer. And frankly, it's remarkable what Federer is doing at 35. Most players in their prime can't perform at the level he's showed to start this season.
And everyone is amazed. Dan Wolken of USA Today didn't expect Federer to be in this form:
Dan Wolken @DanWolken
Roger Federer has won the two biggest tournaments so far in 2017. Did not expect that. 🐐🐐🐐🐐2017-3-19 23:09:54
Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star and Shane Bacon of Fox Sports are just enjoying the ride, meanwhile:
Bruce Arthur @bruce_arthur
God I love that Roger Federer is still winning tournaments at age 35. What a master.2017-3-19 23:11:47
Shane Bacon @shanebacon
It's just amazing how beautiful Roger Federer can still play tennis in 2017.2017-3-19 23:15:30
All hail the king.
There's a long road between Indian Wells and the French Open, but at the moment, Federer has to be the clear favorite at Roland Garros come late May. If he continues to post such impressive results, the miraculous comeback to form for Federer may ultimately be remembered as an incomparable stretch of dominance by the greatest male player ever to step on the court.
|WTA BNP Paribas Open Final|
|No. 8 Svetlana Kuznetsova||7(8)||5||4|
|No. 14 Elena Vesnina||6(6)||7||6|
In the day's earlier match, No. 14 Elena Vesnina outlasted No. 8 Svetlana Kuznetsova in an epic three-sets duel.
Ben Rothenberg of the New York Times was incredibly impressed by both players in the war of attrition:
Ben Rothenberg @BenRothenberg
Take a bow, ladies, and stay out there long as you damn well please. Elena Vesnina wins biggest career title in Indian Wells, d Kuznetsova.2017-3-19 21:17:23
"I cannot believe it to be honest, to win such a big title against Svetlana, a Top 10 player," Vesnina said in her post-match comments, per the tournament's website. "When I was down 4-1 in the second set, it seemed like so far away this title. Now I won it and I'm so, so happy. I was playing a bit more free when I was down in the score. I took my chances."
Certainly, Vesnina provided a memorable comeback. It would have been easy for her to fold after losing a first-set tiebreaker or after falling down 4-1 in the second. Instead, Vesnina battled back in impressive fashion.
She also hit the shot of the day, per the WTA:
Air-Nina😱 Unreal volley from @EVesnina001! #BNPPO17 https://t.co/Cmrp0edlZv2017-3-19 22:52:27
Kuznetsova, meanwhile, was disappointed in her own performance, per WTA Insider:
WTA Insider @WTA_insider
Kuznetsova: “I had to be more inside the court and I couldn’t do it.” #BNPPO17 https://t.co/LT0OHumbsn2017-3-19 22:15:56
As Kuznetsova noted, however, Vesnina deserves a ton of credit for pulling off the comeback. She also knocked off Angelique Kerber and Venus Williams in this tournament, an impressive slate of victories to tally on the road to a title.
The win will move Vesnina up to No. 13 in the rankings, according to the Associated Press (via ESPN.com).