Thiem stuns Federer to win Indian Wells Masters title

Last Updated: Mon, Mar 18, 2019 11:27 hrs
Dominic Thiem

Dominic Thiem claimed the biggest title of his career on Sunday, when he defeated Roger Federer in the final of the Indian Wells Masters 1000 event. In his third final appearance at this level, the Austrian beat the five-time BNP Paribas Open champion 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 in just over two hours.

"It's unreal. It's a pleasure to compete against Roger in this great final. I lost my last two Masters 1000 finals, but I won this one and it feels as nice as a Grand Slam. It was a great week and I think also a very good final today. Just amazing that I got here, my first really big title. I came from a really bad form in all categories and now I'm the champion of Indian Wells. It feels not real at all," said Thiem, who became first Austrian to win a Masters 1000 title since Thomas Muster in Miami in 1997.

It was Thiem's 12th ATP Tour crown in total and first on outdoor hard since the 2016 Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco.

The win also gives Thiem just his second Top 5 victory on hard courts, having recently scored his first against Kevin Anderson at last year's US Open.

Federer had won 20 straight finals before this match when claiming the opening set. But Thiem had plans to stop that run.

The win was worth 1000 ranking points and USD 1,354,010 in prize money. The Austrian will climb to No. 4 in the ATP Rankings, equaling his career-high position. And, moving ahead in the head-to-head series against Federer at 3-2 is surely the icing on the cake.