Thiem into Indian Wells semis as Monfils withdraws

Indian Wells 2019

World No. 7 Dominic Thiem reached an ATP Indian Wells Masters semifinal showdown with Milos Raonic without hitting a ball Thursday as injured Gael Monfils withdrew.

Milos Raonic was at his efficient best on Thursday afternoon, beating Serbian lucky loser Miomir Kecmanovic 6-3, 6-4 to reach his fourth BNP Paribas Open semi-final in Indian Wells.

He will try to improve against world No. 7 Dominic Thiem, who advanced via walkover when No. 18 Gael Monfils announced on court that he could not play because of a left Achilles injury.

"You can't give him too much time", Raonic said of Thiem.

From 4-2 down, the World No.8 ran off the last four games of a high-quality opener which saw almost 20 winners combined between the two players, and Kerber broke the No.23 seed for the third time from 30-0 down in the set's last game.

Earlier in the day, Swiss underdog Bencic continued her scintillating form by coming through a thriller against her close friend Karolina Pliskova, winning 6-3 4-6 6-3. I'm just trying to play.

Monfils remembered playing with an injury against Thiem at Indian Wells in 2017.


Reigning Wimbledon champion Kerber meanwhile reached the Indian Wells semi-finals for the third time with her win over Williams in a battle of former world number ones.

Kerber, a three-time Grand Slam victor, won her first set thanks to a dramatic tie-break that featured four breaks of serve.

Williams fought off two break points to tie the second set 2-all before Kerber again won three games in a row for a 5-2 lead. She's here as a wildcard, and she beat a lot of good players.

"When you're confident, you can really just trust your instincts and you don't have to think about it at all". Until Kerber stopped her, Williams had won four matches in a row for the first time since a year ago in the desert.

The 18-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., dug deep to upset No. 6 seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 in a thrilling semifinal on Friday night.

The three-time major champion advances to her first career final in the California desert, and first Premier Mandatory final overall, as she'll look to win her first title at the aforementioned tournament level against breakout Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu on Sunday.

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