| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
Photo credit: Kenneth B. Goldberg

Roger Federer of Switzerland has become the first person in history to win the 2012 BNP Paribas Open title four times. The world number three-ranked Federer routed American John Isner in straight sets, 7-6, 6-3, to capture the title. The first set was a close one which came down to a tie-breaker and ultimately a 9-7 win by Federer. The entire match lasted just one hour and 21 min.

Federer took the match when Isner, who took down world number one-ranked Novak Djokovic in the semifinals, hit a forehand low into the net. Isner will now rise to a career-high ranking of 10th in the ATP Rankings. Federer raised his arms towards the sky in celebration with his first victory at Indian Wells since 2006. 

“This tournament victory couldn’t come at a better time in my career,” said Federer. “It’s a big tournament, the first Masters 1000 of the season. It’s been a long time since I have been this successful here, even though I have had some really good matches here in the past.”

Federer broke Isner in the seventh game of the second set, with a backhand down the line. He then hit one long giving Federer the much needed advantage in the second. After Federer's loss in the semifinals of the 2011 U.S. Open he has won the last 39 of 41 matches. 

"It was a great experience for me," Isner said. "The whole week was a lot of fun. Felt like right from the get go I was going to have a good week, but I didn't want to overthink it. I definitely took it one match at a time. I certainly played well all week, and obviously today it did not go my way."