Published: Wed, March 20, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Indian Wells 2019: Dominic Thiem Knocks Down Roger Federer in The Final

Indian Wells 2019: Dominic Thiem Knocks Down Roger Federer in The Final

Nadal leads their rivalry 23-15, but Federer has won five straight, most recently in the final of the Shanghai Masters in 2017.

Federer and Thiem were neck-and-neck in the third set before the Austrian staged a crucial break at 6-5 and clinched the match.

Thiem saved a break point in a game lasting eight minutes to hold for 4-4, and overcame a nasty fall to break Federer three games later and serve for the title.

With the momentum on his side, Thiem broke Federer in the 11th game thanks to a forehand crosscourt victor and was a game away from the biggest title of his career against one of the toughest possible opponents he could play against! Just fantastic that I got here, [it is] my first really big title. "That also always keeps me upbeat, and I feel it's a privilege when I feel this way leaving a tournament", Federer said. "What a great week Dominic has had, congratulations. He's at a higher level than he was at the Australian Open. especially in a place like Indian Wells, where he feels comfortable, he's clearly very tough to play", said the 20 time Grand Slam victor.

The victory means Thiem now moves into the fourth spot in the world rankings. "It's unreal", Thiem marveled after his 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 triumph at Indian Wells Tennis Garden, the 12th title of his career.

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The Austrian grew in stature during the first set, breaking back during the seventh game, but the Swiss immediately regained control to secure the opener 6-3 in only 37 minutes. It was completely different from my opponents before him. "It has been a great week for me even though it didn't work out today", he told the crowd in the presentation ceremony.

In what often is the case in small sample sizes, wild fluctuation in break point performance has a considerable impact, and with Federer saving under 50% of break points on his serve against Thiem in his career, this has been a major contributory factor as to why the series reads 2-2, as opposed to Federer leading it. "Wonderful playing at the very end there, you deserve it". "The way he came up was very clay-court based, and I was apparently very grass-court based, and we both found our ways on other surfaces", said Roger Federer, as reported by Express.

Federer explained the nature of his performance and how the milestone of winning his 100th ATP tour title in Dubai a few weeks ago took the sting out of this defeat. Really, there is no reason to get down.

Thiem will also play in Miami, hoping to complete the "Sunshine Double" with a victory there after his Indian Wells win.

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