FIRST FINAL IN HARD COURT MASTERS AND AGAINST DREAM OPPONENT 🙂
The match is scheduled as not before 3.30 pm (23.30 CET)
Thank you, Nico. You made Thiem to really know how to use tools developed for years with BRESNIK. Thank you both :)))
Updated 16.03.2019, 22:59
SHORT MATCH PREVIEW
As mostly, we have more questions than answers, we know only general things. It’s not enough to predict the result, but it’s enough to expect good tennis. Thiem’s win would be symbolic, even if their H2H (some special conditions of matches played so far) if 2:2 could suggest, they both have tools to beat each other.
We know actually nothing about Federer’s form, because he was so far not seriously tested in IW.
We know, Thiem is in good form, which started just here, after all the health problems, started in Tenerife. We know, Massú seems to be a perfect match as touring coach (they will decide, if it goes further first after Miami bus fo far it seems to go perfectly. Lots of changes in Tiem’s game since Massú. More aggressive approach, more confidence and stability, less winners (no more FULL AHEAD at every shot) but also less unforced errors, meaning higher reliability in the game. Much higher stats both for serve and return. Staying closer to the baseline and hitting (still hard) also if taking the ball early. But still able to hit long and hard from far behind the baseline, if necessary (was partly necessary against Karlovic and Raonic). Negatives? So far not visible, but … today it will be Federer. And Thiem almost didn’t play a “normal” game (only Thompson and Simon, Monfils didn’t happen, then Karlovic and Raonic – not a “normal” tennis, rather “survival tests” 😉
The win and trophy would be maybe the most important win in Thiem’s career (maybe after Paris final). But the final is also amazing in terms of achievements and developing direction all-courter. So he can play relaxed and focused. The pressure will be on Federer – he is supposed to win, runner-up not big deal for him. Only title counts. Which does not mean much, because pressure is something, Federer is living with over years.
If Thiem delivers some decent game or maybe makes the match close, it’s good enough.
Maybe the first time they play each other, being both healthy and in good form. Expect good spectacle and enjoy 🙂
Updated 17.03.2019, 14:54
Full match record with ceremony 🙂
(click the im,age to watch)
Every word of the comment is ONE WORD TOO MUCH. Watch be happy and enjoy 🙂
I hope to find later some time to compile most memorable moments of the match.
Updated 18.03.2019, 10:21
Memorable moments still need some extra time. In the meantime, instead of descriptive comment (there are so many available on different media), what was there in the ALL-IN-ONE PACKAGE?
- First big title (Masters or Grand Slam)
- Big rise in the ranking, now 4.
- Seeded 3. in Miami
- Regained lead in H2H against Federer
- Another level of the hard court game
- Crazy beginning of the relation with new touring coach, Nicolas Masú (I would expect, this one will last longer)
- Bad blood left in Indian Wells 😉
- Lots of happiness around the world
- Side effect: hundreds of users reading parts of English translation (sorry, it’s not perfect, because I’m not a native-speaker) of DOMINIC THIEM METHOD
If you are aware of more – let’s post in comments 🙂
Updated 18.03.2019, 13:28
you mostly don’t realize because of fast action and emotions. Enjoy 🙂
Updated 18.09.2019, 22:05
Quite an interesting article about Thiem’s success in Indian Wells at McShow Blog
Updated 21.06.2019, 14:06