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The trophy belonged to Vesnina.

Tournament official takes Elena Vesnina’s trophy because Roger Federer needed it

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Roger Federer continued to defy his age by winning in the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday.

The 35-year-old won the 90th singles title of his career with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Stan Wawrinka at Indian Wells.

It comes just two months after Federer won his 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open.

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It wasn’t supposed to happen like this. Nick Kyrgios and Alex Zverev, two of the sport’s rising stars, were expected to challenge Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic while Federer was expected to drift slowly into retirement.

But here he is, still winning titles. And he’s targeting more.

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“We will reassess my goals but I am not chasing rankings, I want to win tournaments,” he said after beating his countryman, via the Daily Mail.

“I am happy I have won this one so I want to enjoy it.”

BNP Paribas Open - Day 14

Trophy farce

Federer beamed as he lifted his new trophy but there was very nearly no silverware present for him to hoist into the air.

For whatever reason, there was only one trophy at Indian Wells and it was currently in possession of the women’s champion, Elena Vesnina.

Officials took the trophy from Vesnina

Vesnina, who overcame, Svetlana Kuznetsova in the women’s final, was giving her press conference when tournament officials realised Federer would need his own trophy.

So what did they do? They took it from her, of course.

To the Russian’s credit, she took it very, very well. Watch the video below.

She appeared in a funny video on the WTA’s Twitter account, where she jokingly accused Federer of stealing her trophy.

What a farce!

Do the BNP Paribas Open owe Vesnina a formal apology? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Topics:
US Open Tennis
Tennis
Rafael Nadal
Serena Williams
Maria Sharapova
Roger Federer
Novak Djokovic
Andy Murray

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