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Federer: I have exceeded my expectations

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Roger Federer said he has "totally exceeded his expectations" after winning the BNP Paribas Open final with a straight-sets victory over Swiss countryman Stan Wawrinka on Sunday.

The 35-year-old defeated his 31-year-old opponent 6-4, 7-5 to claim a career 90th singles title and a fifth at Indian Wells.

This is a remarkable turnaround for the 18-time Grand Slam winner, who returned from a six-month injury layoff to win January's Australian Open and in winning Sunday's final the Swiss never dropped a set all tournament and now climbs four places in the ATP rankings to sixth spot.

He also becomes the tournament's oldest winner after passing Jimmy Connors who was 31 when he won in 1984.

In an interview with Sky Sports, Federer said he had totally exceeded expectations and was hoping to be ranked eighth by the time Wimbledon was due to start on July 3.

"I have totally exceeded my expectations. My goal was to be top eight by Wimbledon. This is just a dream start," Federer told Sky Sports.

"I understand the talk about (me getting back to) world number one with Andy (Murray) and Novak (Djokovic) not playing well and I'll try to back it up. But this is my 90th (tour-level) title so I'll try to enjoy this first.

"I was very sad when I couldn't come here last year so just being here is a beautiful feeling.

"It's been just a fairytale week. I'm still on the comeback. I hope my body is going to allow me to keep on playing.

"I came here for the first time 17 years ago so to be here again as the champion is an amazing feeling. And I can't tell you enough what it means to me."

Top 20 ATP Tour singles rankings: (Monday, 20 March)

1 (1) Andy Murray(Britain) - 12005 Points

2 (2) Novak Djokovic(Serbia) - 8915

3 (3) Stan Wawrinka(Switzerland) - 5705

4 (5) Kei Nishikori(Japan) - 4730

5 (4) Milos Raonic(Canada) - 4480

6 (10) ;Roger Federer(Switzerland) - 4305

7 (6) Rafa Nadal(Spain) - 4145

8 (9) Dominic Thiem(Austria) - 3465

9 (7) Marin Cilic(Croatia) - 3420

10 (8) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga(France) - 3310

11 (11) Gael Monfils(France) - 3190

12 (12) David Goffin(Belgium) - 2975

13 (13) Grigor Dimitrov(Bulgaria) - 2960

14 (14) Tomas Berdych(Czech Republic) - 2790

15 (15) Lucas Pouille(France) - 2456

16 (16) Nick Kyrgios(Australia) - 2425

17 (18) Jack Sock(U.S.) - 2375

18 (17) Roberto Bautista(Spain) - 2190

19 (23) Pablo Carreno(Spain) - 2025

20 (20) Alexander Zverev(Germany) - 1850

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