Roger Federer had a disappointing experience in the Indian Wells final on Sunday.
The Swiss sensation was the favorite to win against the other finalist Dominic Thiem especially after a fantastic start (3-0). However, the Austrian was strong enough to recover the deficit and win the match at the photo finish in the 3rd set.
Dominic Thiem deserved to win. FEDERER
This is the second consecutive year that Roger lost in the Indian Wells final, but the Maestro had to recriminate much more about what happened in 2018 when he wasn’t able to convert 3 match points against Del Potro (2 of them on his serve while leading 40-15). Therefore, while last year’s loss was extremely tough for Roger to digest, this year he had to concede that his opponent was just better in the crucial moment.
During the press conference following the final, Federer commented
“I’m not too disappointed. I feel like he had to come up with the goods, and it did feel like to some extent it was on my racquet.
I just came up against somebody who was, on the day, a bit better when it really mattered. That’s how it goes. Sure, it’s frustrating and disappointing and sad to some extent. But look, I have been in these positions so many times that I get over it very quickly.”
Roger will now head to Miami where he will have the chances to improve his ranking because he will not have many points to defend since last year he crashed out in the opening match at the hands of Thanasi Kokkinakis.