It’s been a hell of a story.
Dominic Thiem’s Masters 1000 record coming into Indian Wells was 26 wins, 27 defeats and now he has the biggest Masters title to his name.
The Austrian who we have been waiting for some time to replicate his tennis on a hard court really brought it to the desert.
It didn’t take long for Roger to nod ahead breaking immediately for a 2-0 lead and despite Dominic managing to claw back the break he was broken again as Federer went on to take the set 6-3.
What was evident and expected from the first set was how quick Federer was playing. Quick service games is something we have seen a lot of from Federer of the last few years but was something he’d be looking for against Thiem as big factor in his success has been the time he has created with his incredible defensive skills which is why we saw Federer go at it.
Thiem knew he had to step it up and began to be more pro-active in his court position with his backhand moving inside the baseline and dropping it to the feet of Federer who couldn’t really adapt. We saw Federer try to flick it back or run around and use the inside-out forehand to create some space but the error count picked up.
Credit to Dom for what he did, this is a good end if you like to the first chapter of the season. I’m interested to see what he does in Miami but the bigger picture is of course clay and down the line Roland Garros but let’s not get ahead of ourselves!
Well done Dominic!