The 3rd seed Alexander Zverev is through to his first Indian Wells quarter-final thanks to a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Gael Monfils in an hour and one minute. After failing to win a set against the Frenchman in the previous three encounters, Zverev dominated on Wednesday night to score a commanding triumph, dropping 13 points behind the initial shot and fending off the only break chance to keep the pressure on the other side.
Monfils lost almost half of the points in his games and suffered four breaks from eight opportunities offered to Zverev to end his run in the fourth round. Alexander fired 19 winners and 11 unforced errors and had a massive advantage in the most extended rallies to sail over the finish line and remain on the title course.
In the first game, Gael sprayed a backhand error to suffer an early break, and Alexander fired a service winner in the next one to cement the lead and open a 2-0 gap. Monfils sprayed a forehand error in the third game to fall 3-0 down, and Zverev held at love with a smash winner at the net for a 4-0 advantage after only 13 minutes.
Struggling to find any rhythm, the Frenchman sent a forehand long in the seventh game to lose serve for the third time and hand the opener to the German after only 24 minutes. Zverev saved a break point with an incredible volley winner at 2-2 in the second set and held to keep his initial shot intact.
Monfils had a slight chance on the return at 3-3, but it was not to be for him, as Zverev broke him in the next game and held at 15 at 5-3 to seal the deal and move into the last eight.
Alexander Zverev is through to the last eight in Indian Wells.
Alexander will now face Taylor Fritz, who ousted the 10th seed and the ATP Finals contender Jannik Sinner 6-4, 6-3 in an hour and 40 minutes for his first Masters 1000 quarter-final.
The American played better behind the second serve and saved five out of eight break chances while delivering five breaks from 12 opportunities created on the return. Both players made more unforced errors than winners, and Fritz had the upper hand in the shortest and most extended exchanges to emerge at the top.
They traded three straight breaks from 1-1 in the opener, and Sinner grabbed two of those to open a 4-2 advantage. In game seven, Taylor survived two deuces and held with a service winner before breaking Jannik at love in the next one to lock the result at 4-4.
The American broke again in game ten with a backhand crosscourt winner to take the opener 6-4 and gain a massive boost. The second set's opening two games saw seven deuces, and Fritz broke in game two to open the advantage.
Losing ground in those moments, Sinner lost serve at 15 in game four to move further away from the finish line. In the fifth game, the Italian pulled one break back and earned two break chances at 3-5, doing everything to limit the damage and extend the battle.
Fritz saved both and claimed four straight points to seal the deal with a backhand down the line winner that propelled him into the last eight in front of the home fans.