Dominic Thiem won an ATP Masters 1000 tournament for the first time. The lower Austrian defeated the five-time champion Roger Federer 3-6, 6-3 and 7-5 in the Indian Wells final and celebrated his twelfth triumph on the trip.
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Federer is known as the front runner, as a player who plays better with a lead. An early break for the Swiss is therefore married to the respective opponent – and Dominic Thiem had to swallow this poison. Although the Austrian settled first at 0:40, the fourth breakball Federers then sat at 2: 0.
Thiem got two chances to get back in the seventh game by using the other with a precise forehand ball on the baseline. But Federer immediately returned, took his fourth break chance with a backhand ball down the line to 5: 3. And earned after 37 minutes of playing time to 6: 3 off.
In the second round, Thiem had to avert two punches – but then it was the Austrian who brought the waiter to Federer for 3: 1. And without wobbling after 1:14 hours to 6: 3 ausservierte. Fully earned, especially in the longer rallies, the 25-year-old Lichtenwörther could more often take command.
In the decision, both players first brought their serving games without problems. In the eighth game Federer found a break chance, Thiem averted. And after a game that lasted seven and a half minutes, the compensation for 4: 4. Federer appeared a little more sovereign in the service, but Thiem didn't get shaken in the final stage. And with two soulful passing balls, he got the chance to win 6: 5 and took the lead with a forehand winner. And closed the bag after 2:02 hours of playing time.
After the match, Thiem explained that he first had to get used to Federer's games, after all, the Swiss changed almost like anyone else in the tennis circus.
With his twelfth tournament success at the tournament, Thiem came to fourth place in the ATP World Ranking List, followed by Federer immediately after the second final defeat in the Indian Wells en-suite. The two finalists are now on their way to Miami. There will also be top players enjoying a bye in the round one – so Federer and Thiem will not enter the competition before the weekend.
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