Quarter-final action gets underway Thursday at the 2019 BNP Paribas Open with No. 13 seed Milos Raonic against Serbian lucky loser Miomir Kecmanovic. Raonic, the 2016 runner-up (l. to Djokovic), is making his fifth straight appearance in the Indian Wells quarter-finals. The 19-year-old Kecmanovic is through to an ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final for the first time.
Raonic won their lone FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting in January at the Brisbane International. “He plays fast and flat off both sides,” said the Canadian. “He tries to take time away from me. I remember a few times I was a little bit too passive, but there is a few things I feel I could do better… It’s going to be important that I can sort of try to take away his rhythm and give him a few different looks.”
Kecmanovic, who entered the BNP Paribas Open with a 1-4 tour-level record in his career, is the youngest quarter-finalist at the tournament since 19-year-old Michael Chang in 1991. The World No. 130 is the lowest-ranked quarter-finalist at Indian Wells since then-No. 239 Ivo Karlovic in 2011. He is also the first lucky loser to reach the quarter-finals here since Indian Wells served as the inaugural ATP Masters 1000 event in 1990.[ALSO LIKE]
During Thursday’s night session, seventh seed Dominic Thiem will look to maintain his perfect FedEx ATP Head2Head record (4-0) against No. 18 seed Gael Monfils. Two years ago in Indian Wells, Thiem won their Round of 16 match in straight sets.
“He has a very good season so far; won Rotterdam, played good Dubai,” said Thiem. “When he’s on, I think everybody knows what he’s capable of. Hard to hit a winner against him. He’s so fast and he can also put a lot of pressure. It’s going to be a tough match and completely different than today, and for sure also great fun.”
Monfils is 15-3 in 2019, including his eighth ATP Tour title in February at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament (d. Wawrinka).
STATS OF THE DAY
- Eighteen different players won first 18 titles of season for first time since ATP Tour was established in 1990.
– Only 2 of those 18 players remain in BNP Paribas Open draw (Roger Federer, Gael Monfils).
- W-L Record vs. Top 10 Opponents
–  Gael Monfils (Thursday): 33-75 (Lost to then-No. 9 Dominic Thiem in 2017 Indian Wells 4R)
–  Karen Khachanov (Friday): 8-16 (5 straight wins vs. Top 10, but 0-5 overall vs. Nadal)
– Hubert Hurkacz (Friday): 2-2 (Both wins over Kei Nishikori and both losses to Marin Cilic)
- Number of ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final appearances (Thursday): [LL] Miomir Kecmanovic first, Gael Monfils 14th (6-7),  Milos Raonic 25th (9-15),  Dominic Thiem 11th (4-6)
- Number of ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final appearances (Friday):  Roger Federer 83rd (62-17 with two wins and one loss via W/O), Hubert Hurkacz first, Karen Khachanov third (2-0),  Rafael Nadal 87th (67-18 with one loss via W/O)
- Three men under 23 (Hurkacz, Kecmanovic, Khachanov) are in Indian Wells QF for the first time since four in 2009.
- World No. 130 Kecmanovic could become the lowest-ranked Indian Wells semi-finalist since No. 550 Chris Woodruff in 1999. The 19-year-old bids to become youngest BNP Paribas Open semi-finalist since Andre Agassi, 17, in 1988.
VIEW ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, 14 MARCH 2019
STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
Not Before 1:00 pm
 Milos Raonic (CAN) vs [LL] Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB)
Not Before 5:00 pm
Not Before 7:00 pm
 Gael Monfils (FRA) vs  Dominic Thiem (AUT)
STADIUM 2 start 12:00 noon
Not Before 2:00 pm
Not Before 6:00 pm
Nikola Mektic (CRO) / Horacio Zeballos (ARG) vs  Oliver Marach (AUT) / Mate Pavic (CRO)