The game was evenly developed in both sets, with the current number five in the world taking an early advantage at the beginning of the first set. Despite a rapid recovery, Federer could not sustain his service and gave the first sleeve.
The one born in Wiener Neustdat 26 years ago achieved a victory that resonates as far as the result is concerned but not so much if the confrontations between both players are taken into account so far this season.
They had measured twice this year, in Indian Wells and Madrid respectively, with victories for Thiem both times. The marked improvement of Thiem in fast surfaces is visible if you consider the game that both starred in this same tournament, with Federer as winner by a comfortable 6-2 and 6-3.
Now, the pupil of the Chilean ex-top 10 will be measured against Novak Djokovic, who comes with rising confidence after a quick victory against Italian Matteo Berrettini 6-2 and 6-1. It seems that Thiem brings them to London, will it be time for his final take off on the circuit?