Indian Wells: Roger Federer will seek to back up his Dubai title win on Saturday with a record fifth Indian Wells crown starting this week which if successful would be his 79th career title. Federer, though, will face a top class field with defending champion Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic as the top seeds. The $12 million ATP and WTA hardcourt event begins on Wednesday for the women -- where Maria Sharapova is the defending champion -- and Thursday for the men.
Federer won titles at Indian Wells from 2004-2006 and again in 2012 and showed top form in reaching the Australian Open semi-finals and taking his sixth Dubai crown which included beating Djokovic in the semi-finals and coming from behind to beat Tomas Berdych in the final.
"I think this is how you win your first title again after a while, and then hopefully from here on it's easier, especially closing out," Federer said.