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Thiem vs Monfils ATP Indian Wells live streaming, preview and tips - Monfils looks to snap four-match losing run against Thiem in quarter-finals

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 14 Mar 2019
  • Dominic Thiem vs Gael Monfils is live from Indian Wells on Friday at 7.00pm local time (1.00am GMT)
  • Thiem has won all four of their previous meetings, including a fourth round Indian Wells match in 2017
Dominic Thiem (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)

Dominic Thiem looks to improve his record to 5-0 over Rotterdam champion Gael Monfils when the pair clash in the Indian Wells Masters quarter-finals on Thursday night.

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Dominic Thiem and Gael Monfils both won their fourth round matches in less than an hour - who keeps their momentum rolling, emerges triumphant and advances into a first Indian Wells semi-final on Thursday night?

Arriving in the Californian desert with just a handful of victories this season and with new coach Nicolas Massu accompanying him, Thiem has found some of his best tennis at Indian Wells over the last week, conquering the likes of Jordan Thompson, Gilles Simon and Ivo Karlovic to reach the quarter-finals for the second time. It has been a rather smooth draw for Thiem it has to be said - Thompson doesn’t have many weapons, Simon - for whatever reason - really doesn’t like the Austrian’s game style, and Karlovic simply wasn’t up to the task from the back of the court and even on his normally lethal serve, but Thiem still had to get the job done - and he’s completed all of his tests efficiently.

The seventh seed was especially productive against Karlovic on Wednesday night, breaking the towering 40-year-old veteran once in each set for a routine 6-4 6-3 win in just 59 minutes.

"I have so much respect from him because he's 40, still competing in the world class," Thiem said. "I was curious how it's going to be. [It] was the first match against him on the Tour, and I made two breaks in the right moment... I felt pretty confident on my own service games. That's what I transferred also to the return games after."

Touching down in Indian Wells 11 days before the start of the tournament (he was eliminated in the opening round of Rio during the Golden Swing and opted not to enter Acapulco this year), Thiem has recaptured his form after a difficult start to the season - part of which can be attributed to a mystery viral illness that caused him to retire in the second round of the Australian Open, while he also lost in the opening round of Doha to begin the season.

Thiem will now be aiming to reach his second consecutive hardcourt Masters 1000 semi-final after doing so in Paris towards the back-end of last season. The 25-year-old has showcased improved hardcourt form over the last six months or so, winning the title in St. Petersburg and also pushing Rafael Nadal to a fifth set tiebreak in the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open in one of the best matches of the tournament. Can the Austrian enforcer continue his dominant record over Gael Monfils in the last eight on Thursday night?

Gael Monfils (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
It will be a formidable challenge. The Frenchman has been on fire for the majority of this season, coming into this showdown with a 15-3 record and playing some of the best (and most consistent) tennis of his career. Monfils started the season with a second round exit at the Australian Open against Taylor Fritz, but since then he’s been quite excellent, reaching the semi-finals of Sofia, capturing his eighth career title in Rotterdam, making the semi-finals of Dubai and now advancing to the quarterfinals of Indian Wells for the second time.


Monfils battled to a three-set win over Leonardo Mayer in his opening match before handing out a couple of bagels in his next two matches, crushing Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-0 6-3 and producing one of the cleanest matches of his career on Wednesday night in the fourth round, taking out Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-0 6-2. The German had beaten Novak Djokovic in the previous round and was playing some great tennis himself, but he was made to look second rate by Monfils, who’s speed and athleticism around the court was a sight to behold during the 57-minute beatdown.

It’s Monfils’ best start to a season in his career and he’s playing some of his best tennis since his career-best 2016 season, where he won the biggest title of his career at the ATP 500 Citi Open and made the U.S. Open semi-finals (along with qualifying for the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals) to reach a career-high ranking of No. 6. Can the 32-year-old register his second win over a top 10 player this season and his first over Thiem on Thursday?

I think he can. For me, as impressive as Thiem’s run looks on paper, I don’t believe he’s been challenged at all. That changes when Monfils struts into Stadium 1 for the quarter-finals. I’ve never seen Monfils look as intense and focused as he did against Kohlschreiber, and if he can reproduce that mindset and his blistering form with the racquet, then I think he has too much game for Thiem, who is working his way back but still not operating at his best yet.


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Thiem vs Monfils ATP Indian Wells live streaming, preview and tips - Monfils looks to snap four-match losing run against Thiem in quarter-finals

Dominic Thiem looks to improve his record to 5-0 over Rotterdam champion Gael Monfils when the pair clash in the Indian Wells Masters quarter-finals on Thursday night.

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