Dominic Thiem leapfrogs Roger Federer after Indian Wells triumph

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Thiem, who was additionally quickly ranked fourth in the world in late 2017, rose four places after beating Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 on Sunday to deny the Swiss star a record sixth Indian Wells crown.

Dominic Thiem moved to a career-best ranking of fourth on Monday after clinching his lady ATP Masters title with his thrashing of Roger Federer at Indian Wells.

Austrian Thiem, who was additionally quickly ranked fourth on the planet in late 2017, rose four places in the wake of beating Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 on Sunday to deny the Swiss star a record 6th Indian Wells crown.

Federer, 37, dropped one spot to fifth as the top three stayed unaltered with Novak Djokovic ahead of Rafael Nadal and Alexander Zverev despite the Serb’s third-round exit in California.

Nadal, who pulled out of his semi-final with Federer because of knee damage, will skirt the current week’s Miami Masters as he targets a return to competition for the clay-court season.

Juan Martin del Potro dropped three spots to eighth after he was not able to guard his Indian Wells crown because of a knee problem. The Argentine will also miss the Miami event.

Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu rocketed up 36 spots to another best of 24th in the WTA rankings daily after her historic triumph at Indian Wells.

The 18-year-old Andreescu beat Germany’s Angelique Kerber in Sunday’s final to become the first women’s wildcard to win the Indian Wells title.

Andreescu, with only one Grand Slam primary, draw victory to date, continued her meteoric rise having been ranked 243rd as recently as last October.

Wimbledon champion Kerber moved up four spots to fourth as Naomi Osaka stayed the best of the pile despite crashing out in the last 16 in a failed title defense.

Simona Halep, who likewise lost in the fourth round, slipped from second to third as the Romanian was replaced by Petra Kvitova.

Belinda Bencic proceeded with her resurgence as she broke back into the best 20 in the wake of achieving the Indian Wells semi-finals, a run that included a victory over Osaka.

The 21-year-old Swiss won her first title in four years at Dubai a month ago after a string of injuries and a slump in form threatened to derail her career.

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