Dominic Thiem has claimed his first ATP Masters 1000 title with a thrilling victory over Roger Federer at the BNP Paribas Open.
The Austrian fought back from a set down to triumph 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 in just over two hours, ending Federer’s chance of a sixth Indian Wells title.
Federer, a 20-time grand slam champion, was the dominant player in the opening set, racing to a 3-0 lead in 12 minutes and closing out the set in 36 minutes, but Thiem changed the momentum in the second.
The Swiss created two break points in the third game but failed to take advantage, while Thiem made sure not to waste his chance in the following game, putting himself 3-1 up and using the confidence to set up a surprise deciding set.
Both players dug deep to take the title fight down to the wire, with Thiem targeting the biggest crown of his career and Federer hoping to clinch his 101st title.