Dominic Thiem believes that the several chances missed by Roger Federer during their Indian Wells final may have played a role in the late stages of the match. In a press conference, the Austrian said: "It's always an up and down in every tennis match, because I got the break at 2-1, and at 1-All I had to save myself three break points, I think.
After that, I could hold my serve. Roger was not able to break me. I think he was maybe a little bit down. I was on the upper side, and I used that momentum well to break him to 3-1. And of course, it's such a different story when the score is 4-1 in the second than if it would be 2-3 with a break."
Thiem also commented on how it feels to win his maiden Masters 1000 at 24 years of age: "I'm still pretty young. I feel still young. But compared to the guys now, like Sascha or Stefanos or the other guys coming up, they are already Grand Slam semifinalist, Masters champions with age of 20, 21, and I was only -- I was only close to the top 100 back then.
So, of course, I had some good results and then the people were saying some things, but, like, I never had this big pressure like this on other players, like Grigor or some players like that."