The old guy, Father Time, will triumph in the end. He always does. But for the moment Roger Federer is holding serve against him, which in a sport primarily of the young is no small achievement.
Federer has come to terms with reality. "If I can't play for No. 1," he said three days ago, "I'll play for winning titles."
He won his 78th, third best all-time behind Jimmy Connors' 109 and Ivan Lendl's 94, a week ago at Dubai. And Saturday on an 83-degree afternoon at Indian Wells he made a start toward another, defeating Paul-Henri Mathieu, 6-2, 7-6 (3), in the BNP Paribas Open.
Federer is 32, five years older than Rafael Nadal, the current world No. 1 and...