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When Roger Federer ended his incredible streak versus Dominic Thiem

Competing as the top-10 player for the first time, Dominic Thiem reached the final in Stuttgart 2016 following a 3-6, 7-6, 6-4 victory over Roger Federer. It was the first grass-court semi-final for Thiem, and he fended off two match points in the second set tie break versus one of the greatest players on this surface to remain on the title course. Dominic lost the opener and squandered a massive 5-0 lead in the second to keep Roger alive. The Swiss squandered his chances in the tie break and got broken once in the decider to finish on the losing side on his Stuttgart debut. It was their third clash of the season after Brisbane and Rome, sharing one victory and setting the third clash on the third different surface. Before Stuttgart, Thiem had played six ATP tournaments on grass and earned only two wins against the rivals ranked outside the top-80. It was Federer's first loss in the ATP semi-finals on grass since Halle 2002, winning 21 straight matches in that round and missing the opportunity to extend the streak. Roger took an early lead with a break in the encounter's fourth game after a great return that landed right on the baseline and caused the Austrian's error. Roger Federer had a massive chance to beat Dominic Thiem in Stuttgart 2016. Dominic could pull the break back at 2-4, missing a break chance and allowing Roger to close the opener at 5-3 thanks to a beautiful forehand winner after 28 minutes. The Swiss could not keep that level in set number two, and the Austrian raced into a 5-0 lead with breaks in games two and four. Ready to give his best, Federer made a steady comeback, taking one game after another and melting Thiem's advantage. Serving for the set twice, Dominic made costly mistakes and brought Roger back to the level terms. The set went into a tie break, and the Swiss was the favorite after a brilliant turnaround. Federer had match points at 6-5 and 7-6, but it was not to be for him. He sprayed errors and handed the breaker to Thiem, who won it 9-7 and gained a massive boost ahead of the decider. The final set's first five games saw eight deuces and five break chances, with servers enduring all that to follow the scoreboard. Dominic survived four break points in the opening two service games and delivered brave shotmaking, determined to fight until the end. The Austrian held at love for 3-3 and made a decisive move a few minutes later after earning the desired break. He sealed the deal on his serve in game ten for one of the most impressive wins of his early career, considering the rival and the surface.

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