The Austrian Dominic Thiem will contest the Indian Wells final after beating Canadian Milos Raonic 7-6 (3), 6-7 (3), 6-4 in two hours and 31 minutes.
On Sunday, Thiem will meet the Swiss Roger Federer, who went straight into the final of the first Masters 1000 of the season after Spain’s Rafael Nadal pulled out with a knee injury.
In Saturday’s game, Thiem was the one who in the end had more patience and knew how to better manage the only break point of the match, which came in the fifth game of the third set.
In the first set, it was Thiem who squeezed ahead 5-1. Raonic reacted in the second set winning 82 percent of the points with his first service and saving the only break point of the game.
In the decisive set came the key point for Thiem, who celebrated with clenched fists, aware of its importance. His rival had been hesitant with the service and paid dearly.
This is the first victory of Thiem against Raonic, who has reached the semifinals of Indian Wells since 2015, but has not won a title since Jan. 2016 in Brisbane. In that same period, Thiem has won eight championships.
Thiem will play the Indian Wells final for the first time in his career. He has played Federer four times and each has won twice.