New Delhi: World Number 3 Stanislas Wawrinka lost to compatriot and friend Roger Federer in the final of Indian Wells on Sunday and during the post-match presentation emotions got the better of the Swiss.
Federer thumped Wawrinka 6-4, 7-5 to claim a record-equalling fifth ATP Indian Wells Masters title and he also became the oldest tennis player (at 35) to clinch a Masters title, eclipsing Andre Agassi, who won the Cincinnati Masters at the age of 34 in 2004.
Wawrinka has been part of four Masters final in his career and his only win came against Roger Federer in the 2014 Monte Carlo masters. But the 18-time Grand Slam champion has got his revenge by beating Wawrinka at Indian Wells.
During the trophy-presentation, a distraught Wawrinka couldn't hold back his tears and one could be forgiven to think that the 31-year-old had lost the final of a Grand Slam. The former Davis Cup partners are known to be good friends off the court as well and their banter at the podium confirmed it.
A choked up Wawrinka had just started with his speech and that is when he noticed Roger Federer 'laughing'. Wawrinka could not hold himself back and teased Fedex by branding him an a******.
Federer appeared to be amused as well on the 'remark' but it was all in good spirits. Wawrinka also congratulated Federer for winning the Masters title after clinching the Australian Open earlier this year.
"I've lost some tough ones against you (Federer), but when you played the final in Australia, I was your biggest fan. So congratulations on your comeback and congratulations on today," said Wawrinka