Stan Wawrinka revealed what it took to get him past the talented Dominic Thiem and reach the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open.
The Swiss Ace survived a second set comeback from the rising star to edge him in three sets on the hard courts of Indian Wells.
Wawrinka, who has eight years on his opponent, indicated that his experience certainly helped him through the clutch moments.
"I think it's a little bit of experience, a little bit of confidence, a little bit of thinking about what you want to do and then just do it without thinking if you're gonna miss or not," the 31-year-told atpworldtour.com.
"In those moments, you need to trust your game and that's what I did well. I could have lost the match, for sure. But in general, I try to stay with my game plan and not give away anything. I also know that's when I play good tennis and I can beat anybody. So that gives me a lot of confidence.”
Waiting for Wawrinka is in the semi-finals big-hitting Spaniard Pablo Carreno-Busta. Wawrinka added that he thought he played a high level of tennis against Thiem, which stands him in good stead for his final four clash.
"The level was really high tonight," continued the three time grand slam winner.
"I'm really happy with the way I was playing, the way I found a way to win it. He's a strong player, really tough to play. I think in general we both played at a high level, and the match came down to only one or two points. In the third-set tie-break, I served really well. I was really focused on not giving him anything."