Does Dominic Thiem stand any chance against a rested Roger Federer in Sunday’s ATP BNP Paribas Open final at Indian Wells?
Bovada doesn’t think so. The sportsbook has created Federer as the overwhelming favorite to win the match.World No. 2 Nadal took his warm-up on Saturday and then released a statement stating that his knee wouldn’t allow him to play at a level needed to compete in the match.It would have become the 39th career match between Nadal, 32 and Federer, 37, the world’s No. 4-ranked player. They’ve gone clashing on court because 2017. Federer has won their past five encounters.
Nadal indicated his knee started bothering him throughout the second set of his 7-6(7-2) 7-6(7-2) victory over Karen Khachanov from the quarter-finals on Friday.
The very first time that Federer and Nadal ever confronted each other at a tennis game was in doubles competition at Indian Wells in 2004.
Thiem Toughs It Out
Thiem also got a free ride through the quarterfinals when his oppoent Gael Monfils was forced to withdraw due to an Achilles tendon injury. He was not so fortunate in his semifinal against Raonic.The two fought tooth and nail through the first two sets. A slight border went in the opening set to Thiem. The slight advantage was gained by Raonic in the second set, when he listed 10 of his 17 match aces.It was 2-2 in the third set when Thiem broke Raonic’s support to win a marathon fifth game. Thiem never lost service the whole match. It was his first career victory in three tries against Raonic.
World No. 8 Thiem advances to his third career ATP Masters 1000 final and his first on a hard-court surface.