Thiem topples ‘legend’ Federer to win Indian Wells title | Daily News

Thiem topples ‘legend’ Federer to win Indian Wells title

Austrian Dominic Thiem with the Indian Wells men’s singles Open crown.
Austrian Dominic Thiem with the Indian Wells men’s singles Open crown.

INDIAN WELLS, Sunday - Dominic Thiem claimed his first Masters 1000 title after coming from a set down to defeat Roger Federer 3-6 6-3 7-5 and win the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday in Indian Wells.

Momentum swung in Thiem’s favour in the deciding set when he smacked a forehand winner down the line to break Federer and take a 6-5 lead.

The Austrian fell on his back and covered his face with his hands when Federer, who had been bidding for a record sixth Indian Wells title and 101st tournament victory, netted on match point.

The 25-year-old Thiem, who will rise four places to a career-high world number four on Monday, paid tribute to his opponent.

TEENAGER STUNS KERBER

Meanwhile Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu stunned three-times Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber 6-4 3-6 6-4 to win the BNP Paribas Open and capture her first career title in Indian Wells. Andreescu used creative and aggressive shot-making to defeat the German despite suffering with a troublesome right shoulder and leg cramps on a hot and sunny day in the Southern California desert. - AFP


 

Add new comment