Roger Federer now expects a tough quarter-final match in Madrid against Dominic Thiem. The Swiss player, speaking in a press conference following his tight win over Gael Monfils, said: "Thiem has been playing great. Recently, winning Barcelona and also Indian Wells.
I also saw what he could do on the slower, harder courts, not that I needed him to prove his point. But I think beating Rafa in Barcelona is a feat in itself. I still believe that Rafa is the measuring stick and not Dominic. But we will see how it all plays out."