In the marquee showdown in Vienna, Daniil Medvedev topped Dominic Thiem 6-3, 6-3 in the second round on Thursday.
The two former US Open champions were battling for the first time since their epic title match at the ATP Finals in 2000. The two have now split their six career meetings.
“It was a tough match,” said Medvedev. “It could have gone either way. At one moment in the match I started to put a lot of pressure on his serve. I was serving good myself, so didn’t [give] him to many opportunities on my serve, and that was the key today I think.”
After a rough return to the sport in the spring, Thiem had just reached consecutive semifinals.
Medvedev will now face Jannik Sinner Friday in the quarterfinals. The Italian ousted Francisco Cerundolo.
Also today, Grigor Dimitrov upended Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-4 in 71 minutes. Hubert Hurkacz kept in the hunt for an ATP Finals berth beating Emil Ruusuvuori in three sets and in the upset of the day, Borna Coric bested Stefanos Tsitsipas 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(4) in a thriller. Coric is now 3-1 against the Greek winning their last three meetings.
Coric will now face Hurkacz, Dimitrov duels Marcos Giron and Denis Shapovalov faces Dan Evans.
In Basel, Andy Murray was eliminated by Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3, 6-2. Felix Auger Aliassime won his 10th straight crushing Miomir Kecmanovic and Stan Wawrinka backed up his win over Casper Ruud with a 3-set victory over Brandon Nakashima.
Tomorrow, world No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz returns to take on countryman Pablo Carreno Busta.
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