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Federer craving more trophy joy after dream comeback

By Jonathan Veal

The latest instalment of Roger Federer's "fairytale" return to the top of the game - victory in the BNP Paribas Open - has left him reassessing his goals.

The 35-year-old's career was in question last year after a knee injury saw him miss the second half of the season, but he produced a stunning comeback win in January when he claimed an 18th Grand Slam title with victory at the Australian Open.

And arguably the game's greatest ever player followed that up in Indian Wells, beating countryman Stan Wawrinka 6-4 7-5 in Sunday's final.

It sees him move up to six in the world, putting him well ahead of schedule having targeted a return to the top eight by Wimbledon in July.

"I am the champion here and it is a beautiful feeling," Federer said. "It is maybe not as surprising as Australia but still unbelievably surprising for me that I was able to back it up.

"I played well all week and I couldn't be happier. I have totally exceeded my expectations, my goal was to be top eight by Wimbledon. 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."

A return to the summit is not infeasible given his form and Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic's struggles. However, he said: "I understand the talk of World No.1. I will try and back this up in Miami. Then we will reassess my goals but I am not chasing rankings, I want to win tournaments."

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