Forget the comeback talk. Roger Federer is back.
Federer defeated Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 7-5 to win a record-tying fifth BNP Paribas Open title in an all-Swiss final Sunday at Indian Wells (Riverside County) to go with his record 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January after missing most of last year with various injuries.
“For me, the dream run continues,” he said. “This was not part of the plan, to win Australia and Indian Wells. The goal was to be top eight by after Wimbledon, so I’m there much, much faster.”
Federer will move up four spots to No. 6 in the ATP world rankings Monday. He tied the tourney record of Novak Djokovic, who lost in the fourth round, while winning his 90th career title, keeping him third behind Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl on the all-time list in the Open era.
At 35 years and seven months, Federer became the oldest champion in the desert tournament’s history, surpassing Connors, who was 31 years and five months in 1981.
In an all-Russian women’s final, Elena Vesnina defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-4.
Vesnina and Federer earned $1,175,505 each.
•Djokovic withdrew from the Miami Open because of a right elbow injury, joining No. 1-ranked Andy Murray (right elbow) and Serena Williams (left knee).
Soccer: Visiting Manchester United overcame the absence of the suspended Zlatan Ibrahimovic and fatigue because of its hectic schedule to beat relegation-threatened Middlesbrough 3-1 in an English Premier League match that ended with player scuffles on and off the field.
Tottenham, without Harry Kane for up to five weeks because of injury, got goals from midfielders Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli in a 2-1 EPL win over Southampton.
With Manchester City and Liverpool drawing 1-1, the race to finish in the top four behind likely champion Chelsea is too close to call.
•In Germany, Thomas Mueller scored on his 250th Bundesliga appearance to stretch Bayern Munich’s league lead to 13 points with a 1-0 win at Borussia Moenchengladbach.
•In MLS, U.S. national-team and former Stanford forward Jordan Morris scored on a header in the 66th minute to give MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders the lead in a 3-1 win over the visiting New York Red Bulls.
College baseball: Joey Matulovich held Oregon (13-5, 2-1 Pac-12) to a run on six hits in eight innings as Cal (9-9, 1-2) salvaged the finale of a three-game series at Evans Diamond with a 4-1 decision. … At Benedetti Diamond, Loyola Marymount’s Cory Abbott gave up no earned runs and two hits in seven innings as the Lions (11-9, 2-1 WCC) pulled out a 3-2 win over USF (11-9, 1-2).
College hockey: Cayley Mercer scored two goals as Clarkson University of Potsdam, N.Y., took the women’s national championship with a 3-0 win over Wisconsin at St. Charles, Mo.