19 Mar 2012

Federer beats Isner to win fourth Indian Wells title

12:43 pm on 19 March 2012

Roger Federer beat American John Isner 7-6 6-3 this morning to become the first player to win the Indian Wells ATP tennis tournament four times.

The Swiss world number three blunted the powerful serving of Isner with a controlled display, edging the American 9-7 in the first set tiebreak then breaking him twice in the second set to triumph in one hour and 21 minutes.

Federer clinched the title when the towering Isner, who upset world number one Serb Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals, dumped a forehand into the net.