Federer Adds To Indian Wells Buzz

Roger Federer will seek to back up his Dubai title win on Saturday with a record fifth Indian Wells crown starting this week which if successful would be his 79th career title.
Federer, though, will face a top class field with defending champion Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic as the top seeds.
The $12 million ATP and WTA hard-court event begins on Wednesday, 5 March, for the women, where Maria Sharapova is the defending champion, and Thursday for the men.
Federer won titles at Indian Wells from 2004-2006 and again in 2012 and showed top form in reaching the Australian Open semi-finals and taking his sixth Dubai crown which included beating Djokovic in the semi-final and coming from behind to beat Tomas Berdych in the final.
“I think this is how you win your first title again after a while, and then hopefully from here on it’s easier, especially closing out”, Federer said.
“There is a lot of pressure. Sometimes I have been disappointed with my play when it really mattered. I was able to deliver when I had to. I was able to come up with the goods. It was one of those tournaments I kind of need this way right now”.


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