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Gael Monfils was knocked out in the fourth round at Indian Wells..

Video: Gael Monfils faced uncertain shot at Indian Wells

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There was very little joy for Frenchman Gael Monfils at Indian Wells on Wednesday.

On a day that saw him win only five games in his fourth round match up with Austrian Dominic Thiem, he confirmed his exit from this year's tournament.

Thiem took just over an hour to polish off the world number 11, making light work of his more experienced opponent as he marched on at Indian Wells.

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Monfils will no doubt be disappointed with his performance, as he was knocked out of yet another tournament despite having built momentum and looking a strong prospect to carry on through.

This was the fourth time the pair had faced each other, with Thiem having won all three of their previous meetings, and the 23-year-old continued his dominance over Monfils as he cantered to a 6-3, 6-2 victory.

There was one moment, however, in which Gael Monfils was left with an interesting conundrum.

Midway through a rally, he was forced to decide whether a ball landed in or out before eventually choosing to play it just in case.

The incident seemed to happen in slow motion, and you could clearly see Monfils' mind ticking over as he waited for a call from the umpire and tried to decide whether the ball had caught the line or not.

You can see the confused shot in the video below.

That call never materialised, however, and Monfils eventually decided to play the backhand, comically looking to the line judge in question as he made the stroke.

Monfils has always had a reputation as a bit of a crowd pleaser and had sent them into cheers earlier on in the tournament after spectacularly dodging a boy by performing a remarkable split in his bid to come out of the incident unscathed

Monfils went on to win the first set point as Thiem smashed it into the net later on in the rally, but that was one of the few happy moments for the Frenchman as he was sent crashing out by world number nine.

Another case of always the bridesmaid never the bride for the 30-year-old.

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US Open Tennis
Gael Monfils
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Rafael Nadal
Wimbledon
Roger Federer
Novak Djokovic
Australian Open
Andy Murray

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