INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) – Roger Federer came out playing as his legendary self.
Thiem went on to beat Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 and win the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday, denying Federer a record sixth title in the desert
"It just feels unreal what's happened," Thiem said. "It's such a legend."
Thiem trailed 4-3 and 5-4 in the third set before breaking Federer with a forehand winner to go up 6-5. Thiem served the two-hour match that ended with another Federer error, and forehand was dumped into the net.
Federer was in the final for the third straight year and lost for the second year in a row. He was beaten in a third-set tiebreaker by Juan Martin del Potro last year. Federer won his 1
Thiem had lost in his previous two ATP Masters 1000 finals. But the 25-year-old Austrian's solid serve was held up against Federer as he had throughout the tournament.
Thiem was broken just four times out of 61 service games in the tournament.
Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu upset Angelique Kerber 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to win the women's title.
Federer and Thiem had split their four previous meetings, but Federer had won both their hard-court matches without dropping a set.
He cruised through the first set in 36 minutes while getting broken for just the second time during his run to his ninth appearance in the final. But Federer broke back in the next game and served out the set.
"The way he was playing the first set was unreal," Thiem said. "
Thiem earned the only break of the second set in the fourth game, going up 3-1. Federer won just two more games in the set.
Both players were on the third set until Thiem collected the only break. Federer tried consecutive drop shots that Thiem retrieved for the crosscourt forehand winners before the Austrian hit and winning forehand to lead 6-5
"He did very well when he got to the ball, stayed calm, made the shot," Federer
"Just came up against someone who was on the day a bit better when it really mattered," Federer said. "
Federer advanced to the final after rival Rafael Nadal withdrew before their semifinal match because of knee pain.
Andreescu, an 18-year-old Canadian, became the first wild-card winner and the second-youngest to claim the title in the tournament history
"The fricking champion of the Indian Wells," Andreescu said. "It's crazy."
She overcame nerves, fatigue, arm and leg issues in the final set to win the first title of her fledgling career
Andreescu won her fourth match point when Kerber netted a backhand. She rushed Kerber three times in the third set, rallying from a 3-2 deficit to take four of the final five games.
Andreescu dropped her racket near the baseline and fell on her back, her legs in the air as she covered the game is in disbelief. After getting up and exchanging kisses with Kerber, the teen bent down and kissed the sunbaked hard court and dropped her back again, her arms and legs splayed, before grabbing her head
Born in Canada, she later moved with her parents
Kerber was the last of five seeded players that Andreescu knocked off in her seven matches
"When she had the chances, she just went for it," Kerber said.
The Canadian followed in the footsteps of Naomi Osaka, who was a little-known 20-year-old when she won the title last year. Osaka used it as a springboard to win titles at the U.S. and Australian is open while ascending to the No. 1 ranking in January
"No pressure," Andreescu said, joking
She's projected to rise 36 spots to No.
She was a crowd favorite, with fans waving the Canadian flags and chanting "Let's go, Bianca! Let's go, Bianca! Let's go, Bianca! go "in the second set
They clearly enjoyed Andreescu's fearless style of play. She was alternately outpunched by opponents from the baseline, tossed up high-arching shots and unleashed well-time drop shots – usually during the same point
A smiling Andreescu was quick to correct a reporter
"It's not moonballing," she said. "Her most dominant win during the 12-day tournament came in the quarterfinals, and 6-0, 6-1 rout of two -time major champion Garbine Muguruza.
Leading 2-1 in the third, Andreescu took a medical timeout and had a trainer massage her tight right shoulder and arm
Kerber won the next two games, Andreescu to go up 3-2
Appearing tired and nervous, Andreescu called for her coach, who urged her to make Kerber play every point
Andreescu won the next three games , ripping off powerful forehands while winning nine straight points during one stretch, including a 40-love service game
"I just fought to the end because I physically did not feel too well," she said.
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