This is the first victory of Thiem against Raonic, who has reached the semi-finals of Indian Wells since 2015, but has not won a title since January 2016 in Brisbane. In that same period, Thiem has won eight championships.
Earlier, Saturday’s semi-final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal was called-off after the Spaniard was forced to withdraw due to right knee pain.
Second seed Nadal received treatment to the knee during his quarter-final win over Karen Khachanov on Friday. The Spaniard had a brief practice session on Saturday before withdrawing.
Federer is now one match away from a record sixth Indian Wells title as he gets ready to face Dominic Thiem on Sunday. He was just one point away last year from taking sole ownership of the record he shares with Novak Djokovic, but missed three championship points in a heartbreaking third-set tie-break loss to Juan Martin del Potro.
Although Federer has put himself in the same position 12 months later, he won’t be logging in any extra hours on the court in spite of Nadal’s withdrawal.
Nadal and Federer, who have 37 Grand Slam titles between them, have not played each other since 2017. Nadal currently leads the head-to-head 23-15 but Federer has won their past five matches.