Roger Federer conquered the tennis world in 2004, distancing himself from all the rivals and hoping for more in the upcoming season. The Swiss stormed over the opponents in Doha at the beginning of 2005 before losing the Australian Open crown to Marat Safin.
The Swiss lifted trophies in Rotterdam and Dubai and stood as the favorite in Indian Wells. Roger prevailed against his current coach Ivan Ljubicic in two tie breaks in the fourth round in the desert and scored three more comfortable victories to reach the semi-final.
Federer faced the Argentine Guillermo Canas in the battle for the final and grabbed a 6-3, 6-1 win in an hour and 13 minutes. The defending champion controlled the pace with 23 winners and 17 unforced errors, having the upper hand in both the shortest and more advanced rallies to stay in front and remain in the title chase.
Federer stole more than half of the return points, created ten break chances and converted five to hold the strings of the clash in his hands. On the other hand, he played against two break points and got broken once.
Roger Federer defeated Guillermo Canas in the 2005 Indian Wells semi-final.
1 kicked off the action with a service winner and fended off a break chance at 1-1 with a sharp forehand winner. Roger secured a break a few minutes later to open a 3-1 gap and gain a boost. The Argentine broke back after forcing an error from the Swiss in game five, reducing the deficit and leveling the score at 3-3 to stay in touch with the world's best player.
Federer held after deuce in game seven and broke Canas to open another lead. He clinched the opener with a hold at 15 in game nine for 6-3 after 42 minutes. With the momentum on his side, Roger grabbed a break in the second set's first game, cemented it with a volley winner and moved 3-1 in front with three service winners in the fourth game.
Finding his range, the Swiss landed a forehand winner to deliver another break, held at 30 in game six and emerged at the top with another successful return game at 5-1 that propelled himself into the final, taking nine of the last ten games to race over the finish line.