Federer serves up Indian Wells masterclass

FORMER world No1 Roger Federer secured his fourth Indian Wells title with a routine straight sets 7-6, 6-3, victory over big-serving American John Isner last night.

The third seed, who beat Spain’s Rafael Nadal in the semi-final, was pushed all the way in the first set, eventually taking it on a tie break.

Isner, who scored the biggest win of his career to date by beating Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic in the last four, struggled against the Federer serve, managing to win only three points in the entire match.

The 30-year-old Swiss ace broke the 11th seed twice in the second set to secure the title, the 71st of his illustrious career and 19th in the Masters series.