Thiem, Rublev Advance To Vienna QF Showdown; Dimitrov Ousts Tsitsipas
by Staff | October 29th, 2020, 8:33 pm
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Home favorite Dominic Thiem rolled into the quarterfinals Thursday in Vienna dispatching Chilean Cristian Garin 6-3, 6-2.

The 27-year-old Austrian has made at least the quarterfinals in his last three events. The US Open champion will now take on Andrey Rublev on Friday.

The Russian advanced after just three games when his opponent, Jannik Sinner, retired with a foot injury.

Thiem leads his good friend Rublev 2-1 in their head-to-head but they haven’t played in over a year since 2019 Hamburg won by the Russian on clay. Rublev is trying to get to the ATP Finals.

No. 3 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas fell out of the event at the hands of Grigor Dimitrov got through 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-3.

“It’s never easy to come out of a situation like that,” Dimitrov told the crowd. “I was focussed, but he went for it. In the tiebreak a few close calls here and there went his way. Not much else I could have done, I felt. But I kept on believing and kept on doing the right things.”

Dimitrov will now meet Dan Evans tomorrow in the quarterfinals.

“Every good match that you play gives you a certain amount of confidence. Clearly today was very taxing on the body. Hopefully I’m going to have enough time to recover for tomorrow’s match,” said Dimitrov. “That was the second round of the tournament if you think about it. The rounds are getting tougher and tougher, which is normal. But I like my chances. Just very pleased to be here.”

Behind 17 aces, No. 4 seed Daniil Medvedev also reached the quarterfinals power past Vasek Pospsil 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Medvedev will meet fellow US Open finalist Kevin Anderson.

“It was really tough and Vasek was playing some unbelievable tennis,” Medvedev said. “I’m really happy that he didn’t finish the match, and played a little bit worse. I took my chances. I’m really happy about it, looking forward tomorrow.”

Also tomorrow, 2007 champion Novak Djokovic returns to face Italian Lorenzo Sonego.

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