Roger Federer beats virus to take Indian Wells title

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It wasn't just rivals on the tour that tennis legend Roger Federer had to beat in order to pick up his latest title victory; the Swiss master also had to dodge a viral infection that managed to catch out many of the rest of the field...

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Federer has been on a run of top form in recent weeks; however, his most recent victory to take the Indian Wells title has sparked a great deal of speculation that he could well be in line to take another Grand Slam title during 2012.

The Swiss overcame John Isner 7-6 (9-7) 6-3 in the final of the competition, picking up his fourth Indian wells title. In doing so, Federer also equalled Rafael Nadal's record of 19 Masters titles – Nadal succumbed to Federer's run of top form during the semi-finals of the competition.

Federer first won the Indian Wells tournament back in 2004; he then defended it over the next two years to be crowned champion in 2005 and 2006.

The Indian Wells titled was also hampered by a viral infection that broke out and forced no less than eight competitors to withdraw from the tournament during the first week. Federer commented on the unfortunate outbreak, saying: It's been a tough tournament for all of the players with a lot of sickness,

"I'm happy I survived the early rounds to give myself a chance. I couldn't be happier,"  he added.

Federer also spoke about his recent run of good form and his prospects for another Grand Slam title during the course of this season.

"I think I have been playing extremely well since the French Open, but people aren't giving me enough credit sometimes for how great that tournament was because I didn't win it," commented the 16-times Grand Slam champion.

Meanwhile, William Hill, bet365 and Sky Bet currently offer 6/4 odds that world number one Novak Djokovic will go on to win the impending 2012 French Open.

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