Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem are about to face off in the Indian Wells final.

Roger is in great form, and he is widely considered to be the favorite to win his 6th title in the desert (and that would be the title no. 101 of his colossal career).

On a completely different level, Dominic has the opportunity to win his first ATP1000, and that would be an anomaly since the Austrian is a clay court specialist. In fact, on the dirt, he has already reached the final in Madrid (twice), and at the French Open while before this Indian Wells edition, he has never reached a semifinal in an ATP1000 Master played on outdoor hard courts.

Why Federer likes Thiem’s style

Talking to the ESPN, Roger revealed

“I think he’s playing very well. He’s using the kick serve very effective. The spins really bounce up high here in the desert air.

I think he’s one of the fittest guys out there who can hit the ball the hardest. This surface suits him well for that. I’ve played him on clay, on grass, indoors, now on hard court, outdoors too after Brisbane.”

What Federer will try to do to beat Thiem

The Roger added

I really hope I can play aggressive tennis against him. I like his style; he uses the spins and variations very effectively.

For that, I think we’ll see some interesting points which will be quite enjoyable for the fans.”

The Swiss know very well that Thiem has the tendency to play a bit too much behind the baseline. If that will be the case also in Indian Wells, if Roger can step in nicely he will have the upper hand.

Head to head Roger Federer vs. Dominic Thiem

The head to head is 2-2. Federer is the favorite as he is playing fantastic tennis and he is particularly comfortable in Indian Wells where he won the title 5 times already.

Head to head Roger Federer vs. Dominic Thiem


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