Thiem Relishing ‘Special’ Final

Thiem Relishing ‘Special’ Final

Dominic Thiem says he is relishing the opportunity to go up against Roger Federer in the BNP Paribas Open final at Indian Wells.

The Austrian saw off Milos Raonic 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 in two hours and 31 minutes to seal progression to Sunday’s showpiece.

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He faces the tough task of trying to find a way past 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer as he attempts to seal a first-ever Masters 1000 title.

Federer booked his place in the final after rival Rafael Nadal pulled out of their semi-final on Saturday due to injury. “It’s always something special to play Roger and also something special to compete in Masters 1000 finals,” said Thiem.

“It’s only my third one. I have pretty bad stats in the finals, so I know it’s going to be very tough, but at the same time, I will give everything to hopefully win my first title.”

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