Roger Federer's rebirth continues following Indian Wells success

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Could Roger Federer climb the rankings to world number one again?

The tennis superstar impressively defeated Swiss compatriot Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 7-5 at Indian Wells on Sunday, and in the process, moved up to number six in the ATP World Rankings.

This has outstripped Federer's own ambition to be top eight by Wimbledon, which means that world number one spot could be on the cards for him again following his comeback from injuries.

It was a wonderful tournament for Federer, who didn't drop a single set in any of his matches.

Indian Wells was Federer's 90th career title, following his 18th Grand Slam triumph with victory at the Australian Open in January - where he was the oldest man to compete in a Grand Slam semi-final since Jimmy Connors at the US Open in 1991.

It was also a satisfying tournament victory for Federer after losing to world 116 Evgeny Donskoy in Dubai back in February.

With triumphs at the Australian Open and Indian Wells, 2017 is shaping up to be a memorable year for Federer after 2016 was marred by injuries.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: "I am the champion here and it is a beautiful feeling.

"It is maybe not as surprising as Australia but still unbelievably surprising for me that I was able to back it up here in America.

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"I played well all week and I couldn't be more happy.

"I have totally exceeded my expectations, my goal was to be top eight by Wimbledon. I have time now and I can go and sit back! From that stand point it is an unbelievable start to the year.

"It could have been so different, if I had lost in the first round in Australia I would have been 35th in the world so it is a dream start."

During last year, Federer lost in the Australian Open semi-final to Novak Djokovic and the Wimbledon semi-final to Milos Raonic.

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He also withdrew from the French Open, breaking his run of consecutive participation in Grand Slam tournaments going back to 2000.

After Wimbledon, he withdrew from the 2016 Summer Olympics, meaning that he missed the entire second half of the year as he recovered from knee and back problems.

However, the comeback trail began in spectacular style in January, and Federer is well and truly back.

Despite his success, the Swiss star isn't looking too far ahead or focusing too much on catching Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray at the top of the rankings.

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"I understand the talk of world number one, especially with Novak and Andy not playing in Miami," he added. "So I will try and back it up there with a good tournament.

"Then we will reassess my goals but I am not chasing rankings, I want to win tournaments. I am happy I have won this one so I want to enjoy it."

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