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What a spectacle in the California desert! Dominic Thiem has arrived in the seventh tennis-heaven. The 25-year-old Austrian disenchanted Roger Federer in the final of Indian Wells and wins his first ATP Masters 1000 tournament. Despite backlog set the "Dominator" by 3: 6, 6: 3, 7: 5 prevailed against the living legend.
Thiem plays like crazy
In an on-court interview, Thiem let his emotions run wild:
"It feels unrealistic, I was in the zone for the whole match, and of course there was some luck, but in the end the win is almost as valuable as a Grand Slam title."
The better start, however, caught Federer, who was already after eleven minutes 3-0 in front. A concentration hole of the Swiss brought Thiem back into the business, but Federer countered again. Thanks to an ingenious backhand return, the world ranking fourth placed 5: 3 and then served safely.
"Domi" rewards for a great comeback
But Thiem did not get upset. With a cool head and a hot heart, the Lower Austrian struck back. An outstanding short-cross return with the backhand gave him two breakballs. Federer helped. A forehand mistake of the old master allowed Thiem the 3: 1-lead in set two. Domi could not be stopped now. With beating ground beats he made the deserved set compensation perfect.
While Federer's uncertainty was to be regarded, Thiem continued drumming like a madman on the ball. By the time he had defeated the break-ball at 4: 4, it was clear that today the big coup is possible. And Thiem seized the chance. After the crucial break to 6: 5, he served safely and fell overjoyed on the floor.
Dominic Thiem has never seen better playing on hard court. This dream week will never forget the red-white-red figurehead.
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