Gael Monfils will seek to make his first Indian Wells semi final on Thursday evening, taking on Dominic Thiem for a spot in the final four. He will have his work cut out against an opponent that has always troubled him. He is 0-4 against the Austrian and 0-2 on hard courts, one of them coming at this event in 2017. Check out the Monfils vs Thiem H2H stats.
After a poor Australian Open, Monfils has bounced back in style with two semi finals and a Rotterdam title. He had a stroke of luck with regards to the draw, benefitting from Philipp Kohlschreiber defeating Novak Djokovic. He made light work of the German in the fourth round, dropping just two games in a dominant performance. While a letdown after a big win is not uncommon, defeating the player who took out the best player in the world in such style has to be applauded.
Thiem is also hoping to make his first Indian Wells semi final. The Austrian has performed far better at the clay Masters 1000 events but only has 1 quarter final here so far. He put in a professional performance to handle Ivo Karlovic, breaking once in each set for a 6-4 6-3 over the veteran Croatian. “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.”
It has been a huge week for Thiem, who has been disappointing by his standards this year. “The previous days here in Indian Wells helped me a lot to get back to my top level physically and also to play good tennis again,” Thiem said. “It was 11 days of good practice. That’s where I got my good feeling and my good tennis and also the good physical health back.”
Prediction – Dominic Thiem in three sets