Dominic Thiem Defeats Roger Federer to Win Indian Wells Title

Dominic Thiem at Indian Wells. Photo by Ella Ling/BPI/REX/Shutterstock (10158769aq)

Dominic Thiem surprised the tennis world by defeating Roger Federer to win the ATP Indian Wells Masters event on Sunday.

Thiem, a 25-year-old Austrian, mounted a comeback to beat Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 and win his first ATP Masters 1000 final.

Federer lost his second consecutive final at the Indian Wells event after losing to Juan Martin del Potro in 2018.

Believe it or not, with his win, Thiem takes over the 4th place rank in the men’s singles rankings. Federer falls to #5.

Thiem fought back after dropping the first set 3-6 to the Swiss tennis giant. He won the next two sets to claim the title.

Thiem, whose previous claim to fame was reaching the 2018 French Open final before losing to Rafael Nadal, garnered the first major tournament win of his career with the victory.

The Austrian will look to build on his success at the 2019 edition of the French Open which begins in late May.