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Title 101 is for Federer ready

twelve months Ago Roger Federer with a 17:0-season record in the Final of Indian Wells, forced against Juan Martin Del Potro three match points came and lost. This year, he had to be in Melbourne already hit once (against Tsitsipas), but his Form is true, and in Indian Wells laughs, he has the luck. After four, two – sentence, 25-year-old Dominic Thiem to follow and the forfait semi-final victory over Rafael Nadal, in the now, the right knee of the problem is the stove, he today (23.30 CET) on an opponent, he is clearly favored in -.

The Austrian is not to be underestimated, in comparison to Djokovic, against Federer in Indian Wells and the finals in 2014 and 2015, lost, or Del Potro on a hard court but of a smaller calibre. Although it is in their balance sheet 2:2, but this is deceptive. "Three of these games have been held in 2016, and since Roger had big problems," said Thiem yourself. "In the meantime, he's playing a lot better Tennis ."

"In Rome, I shouldn't even play"

The first duel, won by Federer in 2016 in the semi-final of Brisbane 6:1, 6:4. "I played beautifully," he says. The second he lost in the quarter-finals of Rome, a little later, 6:7, 4:6. Federer: "This Match, I can't take them seriously. Because I had back and knee problems and should not play. But I went out anyway to see what happens. The defeat was logical." Shortly thereafter, he also lost on turf in Stuttgart, 6:3, 6:7, 4:6. Federer, who was then struck, and shortly before his long injury break: "There were difficult conditions, and I even had a match ball." The last duel took place in the preliminary round of the ATP finals in 2018 in London, Federer won 6:2, 6:3. "I played okay, and he rather badly," he recalls.

The Swiss, who won for the first time a semi-final without a fight, but has a high opinion about the elffachen tournament winners and world rankings: "He is a very interesting player, like Stan (Wawrinka). He can be back playing and also in the place. His one-handed Backhand has a lot of Topspin and a lot of Power in this he is similar to Stan. He plays a little more with the Slice, and has the tendency to be, sometimes too passive. I'm a big Fan of him, he is a super guy and also has the ability to beat better-Ranked if he has a Plan. He is the middle, hard to beat. With its large Variation, he is a super player."

Thiems transformation in Indian Wells

last year's Paris finalist from the Wiener Neustadt started badly into the year. In Doha and Melbourne, he was able to win only one match, then in Buenos Aires and Rio are two. He came up with a negative balance, and bad feelings on to California, where he played, but in the Form. "I came twelve days before the tournament and trained well here," says Thiem, with Chile's Olympic champion Nicolas Massu has a new assistant coach.

In the semi-final he beat the canadian Milos Raonic, for the first Time after two clear defeats. "My last season was long and hard, my body needed a break. These twelve days have helped tremendously," says the Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic friendly base-line specialist. "The conditions are not to me here: you are too fast, and the Ball bounces high." He, however, is nothing: "sandy will always be my home."

For Federer, it would be the 28. Title in the Masters series, the sixth one in Indian Wells and the 101. in his career, just two weeks after the anniversary of the victory in Dubai. His direction is clear: "I'm going to try to play as aggressive." (

Created: 17.03.2019, 03:04 PM

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