Tennis virtuoso, Roger Federer was denied his record sixth BNP Paribas Open crown by Austrian prodigy Dominic Thiem who produced a splendid performance to claim the biggest title of his career. Having impressed the crowd on the red dirt in recent years, the 25-year-old came from one set down to claim his first ever Master 1000 triumph over Roger Federer- the maestro!
Battling back for the championship after losing the first set, the 25-year-old displayed some impressive shots and mammoth one-handed backhands down the line under the Southern Californian sun, thus, leaving everyone at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in a state of utter shock. Launching a total of 24 boisterous winners, the Austrian came from one set down to emerge victorious by a scoreline of 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 in just over two hours and rose to a career-high, World No.4 after the triumph.
Federer was however denied his 101st title while his fellow arch rivals and the other 2 big names in the Golden Era of Tennis, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal (we still have all the love and respect for Andy Murray) crashed early out of the competition. Djokovic surprisingly crashed out in just the third round to Philipp Kohlschreiber in straight sets while the Spaniard continues to struggle with his knee injury as he had to withdraw from the semi-final draw against Federer.
Nadal, however, won’t be participating in the upcoming Master 1000 tournaments in Miami for the second year in a row. If Djokovic or Federer keep themselves alive without crashing out early in the tournament, there will be a much-anticipated clash between the two giants. But, the recent stats show the diminishing era of the 3 Big names as the young talents with high endurance and confidence, have actually read their competitors game well to snatch the title by stumping the favourites. We’ve recently seen these young lads Dominic Thiem (India Wells 2019), Karen