Federer moves up to 6th in latest ATP ranking

Federer moves up to 6th in latest ATP ranking

"The goal was to be top eight by after Wimbledon, so I'm there much, much faster", he said.

"The goals are clearly changing after this dream start", Federer said. "Because this was not part of the plan, to win Australia and Indian Wells, I can tell you that". "The change is dramatic, and it feels great".

"In November or December, when I realised things were going well, we had a meeting about what the goals are for the season in terms of rankings", Federer told the ATP's official website.

"I know how hard it is to win back-to-back Indian Wells and Miami titles".

Federer tied the tourney record of Novak Djokovic, who lost in the fourth round, while winning his 90th career title.

Federer on Saturday had continued his strong run of formby handily defeating American Jack Sock in the tiebreaker 6-1, 7-6 (7-4) to set up the showdown against Wawrinka in the final.

He had saved the lone break point he faced - in his straight-sets thumping of Rafael Nadal in the fourth round - but sent a backhand long on break point to give Wawrinka the advantage in the set. Whether he can move past Wawrinka, Djokovic and Murray and regain the number one ranking is a question that Federer, in his current incarnation, isn't too anxious about.

As Wawrinka said, every tennis fan is delighted to see Federer back after his incredible Australian Open triumph having been out of tennis for six months prior to the tournament.

Wawrinka then withstood two break points to hold for a 2-0 lead, which proved short-lived as Federer won the next three games to take a 3-2 lead.Finally Wawrinka found himself serving to save the match.

After a keenly contested affair, Federer eventually clinched victory with a volley victor. "It's a great result on that, but you always want more".

In the all-Russian women's final, Elena Vesnina beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-7 (6-8) 7-5 6-4 in a contest which lasted just over three hours. Wawrinka had 17 winners and 21 unforced errors in front of the announced crowd of 17,382 that didn't fill the stadium.

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