Surprise, surprise! Dominic Thiem takes down Roger Federer in Indian Wells final


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Roger Federer became the second player to reach 100 career singles titles when he achieved the remarkable milestone two weeks ago in Dubai. But title 101 will have to wait at least a little while longer.

Federer squandered a one-set lead and lost the BNP Paribas Open final, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, to Dominic Thiem on Sunday at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. It’s the first ATP Masters 1000 title for Thiem, of Austria, and he will move to a career-high ranking of fourth in the world Monday.

Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, appeared to be in complete control of the match until the very end, when Thiem somehow managed to outplay him. Federer easily won the first set, breaking Thiem’s serve twice along the way, and he looked as though he’d roll to a record sixth singles title here.

But Thiem then won the second set to force a third, and even then, Federer seemed to have the match in hand. Blood dripped from Thiem’s right elbow after a fall and Federer, who had finished dozens of matches like this previously, held the lead down the stretch.

Thiem, though, left nothing in…

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