Roger Federer won his 4th BNP Paribas Open title as he defeated John Isner of America in the final, beating him 7-6 (7) 6-3 in front of a pumped up crowd at Indian Wells.
The Swiss had a positive 2-1 head to head record against Isner going into this final, but the American was the one to win their last meeting in their Davis Cup tie this year.
Federer started the first set with a love game. He went up 30-0 on Isner’s serve in the very next game, but the American held with some big serves. It was the Swiss who had to face the first break points at 15-40 in game no.3, but Isner failed to convert any of them. At 3-2 to Federer, there was a few minutes break as some rain drops started coming down. After the short interruption, both players held their service games with a lot of confidence until the 12th game, when Federer had a set point on Isner’s serve. The American saved it with a big serve and took the the first set into a tiebreak. There were 2 minibreaks each at the beginning of it and it was the Swiss who had his second set point opportunity at 6-5, this time on his own serve. Isner fought back and saved another set point right afterwards, but the 16 times Grand Slam Champion finally managed to convert his 4th set point and take a 1-0 set lead.
Both players were breezing through their service games at the start of the second set. Some big hitting from either side was witnessed by a pleased looking crowd and they were certainly getting some high quality tennis that they have paid for. Federer’s big chance to break his opponent came in the Tilden’s game and he didn’t hesitate and took a 4-3 lead. After holding his own serve, he broke Isner once more to take the second set and the match.
This is Federer’s 73th career and 19 Master’s title. He overcame his nemesis Nadal in yesterday’s semifinal to book his place in the final. Isner defeated world no.1 and defending champion Djokovic in the semis.