Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
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Thiem reaches Indian Wells semis as Monfils withdraws

Thiem reaches Indian Wells semis as Monfils withdraws

He put only 55 percent of his first serves in play.

These two have split the previous six meetings, with Kerber winning the most recent match in this years Hopman Cup.

That's where Kecmanovic's luck ended.

Though she lost serve to begin the second set, Kerber rebounded immediately as the two traded breaks twice in the second set, before she won the last three games to seal the match and her spot in the final.

In January, Raonic beat Kecmanovic in straight sets on his way to the title at Brisbane in January.

At 15-3 this year, Monfils was off to the best start of his career, but he was 0-4 against Thiem.

"I was really surprised", Thiem said, who was waiting to be taken to the court when he realized there was a problem". "Because I was playing great tennis, feeling strong". "This is the mentality I have, and this is the mentality I'm going to keep having".

In a first set of high intensity, eighth seed Kerber came from 4-2 down with back-to-back breaks to lead 5-4. But Kerber held in the next game to force the tiebreaker, which she dominated.


Belinda Bencic is coming off a three sets win over Karolina Pliskova that took 28 games to decide. Kerber has won seven of her last nine matches on outdoor hard court.

Williams never got her big serve going, producing just one ace.

Williams alternately smacked winners from the baseline and sprayed shots beyond the lines. She had her right knee taped and didn't appear to be moving easily or serving with much pace.

Players receiving wild cards directly into the men's main draw include Spanish veteran David Ferrer, who has said 2019 will e his last season. This is Kerber's third semi-final in Indian Wells, coming almost six years after her last appearance (in 2013, lost to Caroline Wozniacki). Until Kerber stopped her, Williams had won four matches in a row for the first time since a year ago in the desert.

Bencic was pushed to three sets Thursday for the first time in four matches at this tournament. Bencic won 67 percent of her total service points and converted on four of her 16 break points.

"Physically, it was tough somehow, and the wind didn't help much", Pliskova said. Kerber also has a shot to make her first ever final appearance in a Premier Mandatory.

Raonic is looking for his ninth career ATP Tour title, but has never won at the top level below Grand Slams - Masters 1000. The 22-year-old Swiss player missed five months in 2017 after wrist surgery.

"We are the one who is closest in our lives, so you can be really straightforward", Latisha Chan said.

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