Federer falls to Thiem, while Adreescu wins 1st title
Federer walking over Nadal at the Semifinals of Indian Wells makes it 23-16 overall in favor of Nadal. Even though they didn’t play, Federer still gets credit. I have to believe that even if they had played Federer would have handled Nadal in straight sets. Ever since snapping a five-match losing streak to Nadal at the Australian Open two years ago, Federer has now taken six in a row against Nadal. Most of them have been in straight sets too. Although none have been on clay.
Nevertheless, Roger is looking pretty sharp as of late. He’s also fresh from his 100th ATP tournament win at Dubai. The 100th win puts him in very elite company. Only one other man has achieved more than 100 ATP career titles. That man’s name is Jimmy Connors. Connors holds the all-time lead with 106. This is another record Roger may very well get. He’s a very fresh looking 37-year-old out on court and seems to be in amazing shape.
Against Dominic Thiem in the Indian Wells final, none of that mattered. In what turned out to be a thrilling three set contest, Dominic Thiem powered himself past the GOAT for the most important win of his career. Thiem looked aggressive, sharp, purposeful and impassioned with energy and enthusiasm. It was quite a display from the 25-year-old Austrian, who has recently been working with ex Chilean ATP pro Nicolas Massu. Looking forward to seeing what Thiem’s season will lead to. He was absolutely crushing some forehands and backhands during this contest.
Speaking of crushing the ball, Bianca Adreescu pulled off a great week of upsets to claim her first title. Andreescu was too much for Kerber. Her all-around game gave her trouble all afternoon – especially her drop shots! I’ve never seen a women’s player execute the drop shot with such precision. But Andreescu did so all week. Very impressive for the 18-year-old. She had to go through two-time Grand Slam champ Muguruza, then Svitolina, and finally Kerber in the final. Good stuff from the youngster!