Indian Wells Tennis Finals 2017: Men and Women's Results, Scores and Reactions

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistMarch 19, 2017

INDIAN WELLS, CA - MARCH 19:  Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates winning the first set against Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland in the mens final during day fourteen of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 19, 2017 in Indian Wells, California.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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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 Wawrinka45
No. 9 Roger Federer67
Source: ESPN

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:

Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star and Shane Bacon of Fox Sports are just enjoying the ride, meanwhile:

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 Kuznetsova7(8)54
No. 14 Elena Vesnina6(6)76
Source: ESPN

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:

The match lasted a little over three hours and required 35 games to complete, a new tournament record, according to It was also Vesnina's first WTA title since 2013.

"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:

Kuznetsova, meanwhile, was disappointed in her own performance, per WTA Insider:

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