Roger Federer Completes Another Chapter in a ‘Fairy Tale’ Season

http://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/20/sports/tennis/roger-federer-bnp-pari
BYCHRISTOPHER CLAREY
MARCH 20, 2017
Photo Roger Federer on Sunday after he defeated Stan Wawrinka, 6-4, 7-5 in the men’s final of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif. The victory “was not part of the plan,” he said. Credit Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — For a man who has, in his own mind, not yet completed his comeback, Roger Federer is faring rather well.

After winning the Australian Open and his 18th Grand Slam singles title in January, Federer, 35, breezed through a storm watch of a draw in Indian Wells without losing a set to win the season’s second significant tournament.

His 6-4, 7-5 victory over his Swiss compatriot Stan Wawrinka in Sunday’s final of the BNP Paribas Open was only the latest completed chapter in a season that Federer himself was calling a “fairy tale.”

Nobody else would have dreamed this up either, although Federer did have a premonition late last year, in the midst of his extended layoff because of knee problems.

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“I didn’t know right away, because I’ve never been an injured guy, per se,” Federer said in an interview. “But I realized by October what an opportunity it was to be injured and what it could mean for the rest of my career. I didn’t think it was going to be this beautiful, but I’ll take it.”

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