Thiem happy in Indian Wells

14 March 2019 13:01:56 EST

Dominic Thiem believes that plenty of preparation has been key to him reaching the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells without dropping a set.

The former French Open finalist has seen off Jordan Thompson, Gilles Simon and Ivo Karlovic on his way to the last eight, where a resurgent Gael Monfils lies in wait.

I always have trouble against him, so I'll have to play aggressively and to the best of my abilities to win.

Gael Monfils

And the Austrian is pleased to see his hard work ahead of the start of the tournament paying off.

Thiem told the official ATP Tour website: "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.

"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."

Thiem has won every one of his four previous meetings with Monfils, who has reached the semi-finals in Sofia and Dubai and taken the title in Rotterdam in his last three tournaments.

And the in-form Frenchman is aware that he will need to be at his best if he is to finally register a victory over Thiem.

He added: "He's a tough player, a top ten player for a couple of years now. I always have trouble against him, so I'll have to play aggressively and to the best of my abilities to win."

Monfils reached the last eight in Indian Wells with a comprehensive 6-0 6-2 victory over Philipp Kohlschreiber, who had eliminated Novak Djokovic in the previous round.

He is 8/13 to defeat Thiem, who is 13/10 to claim victory and 11/4 to do so in two straight sets.

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