Roger Federer praises Dominic Thiem after thrilling Indian Wells final

Roger Federer praises Dominic Thiem after thrilling Indian Wells final

'He stayed cool under pressure there, ' Federer said.

The draw remained virtually until the last moment when Thiem did not waste his first break point of the set to level at 5-5. Add into the mix a backhand akin to the pile-driver made famous by Stan Wawrinka, and Thiem was making hay on the slow, high-bouncing courts of Indian Wells.

Thiem told Federer, "It is such a pleasure to compete with you, to learn so much from you, and to play with one of the biggest legends of all time".

But Federer is not one to underplay his own ability, his own records, and his current form.

Federer, who won the 100th ATP title of his career a couple of weeks ago in Dubai, failed to convert nine of the 11 break point opportunities he created and racked up 32 unforced errors as hopes of title 101 slipped away. Should he win a sixth, it would be an all-time record. I had to get used to Roger's game.

There had to be a "but", however.

"Just came up against somebody who was on the day a bit better when it really mattered".

"The 37-year-old admitted his surprise that Thiem had not done better in previous years, while also explaining that the power in his serve and groundstrokes could lead to success on clay in the future".

Thiem collapsed to the ground after claiming the biggest title of his career
Thiem collapsed to the ground after claiming the biggest title of his career

Thiem was no stranger to Masters finals, either.

Moreover, Federer said that he was overall happy, and looks forward to more tournaments. Thiem sprinted in, caught up to it, and sent it back and past Federer for 30-30. In the blink of an eye, he was 3-0 to the good. The upset will see Federer, a 24-time Grand Slam champion and current number four, sliding back to fifth place.

"I feel like it's not my right to congratulate you, you have 88 more titles than me, so I'm just hoping you play more and we can have some other big finals". The result was the same: Thiem dashed in and returned it for a victor.

Federer tried consecutive drop shots thatThiem retrieved for crosscourt forehand winners before the Austrian hit a winning forehand to lead 6-5.

Thiem earned the crucial break in the 11th game of the final set, connecting on two sharply angled passing winners off of Federer drop shots to give himself a break point which he converted with a stinging forehand victor. Twice, the Swiss had break point, but the Austrian rushed him with angle and penetration on his serve and ground strokes, and held.

Thiem and Andreescu earned $1.3 million each.

Federer took the first set in 36 minutes despite the efforts of the 25-year-old Austrian tennis player, who broke his opponent in the seventh game 4-3 but this was not enough to stop the torrent of play by the veteran star. What is more, he looked the calmer man, and had the momentum.

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