Austrian Dominic Thiem has found form at the right time, powering into his first career quarter-final in Canada after a breakthrough victory 24 hours earlier.
The second seed who excels on the clay, put in a dominating performance at the Montreal Masters to dismiss 2014 US Open winner Marin Cilic 7-6 (7), 6-4.
He won an opening set lasting for more than an hour before taking charge in the second set to advance.
He followed up against Cilic and now faces a replay of the Barcelona final he won in April against Daniil Medvedev.
“I’m so happy with the two wins, I beat two amazing players. I’ve really had a great transition from a good confidence in the European summer,” last weekend’s champion on clay in the Austrian alpine resort of Kitzbuehel, said.
“This match today was unreal – I saved nine out of nine breakpoints, which doesn’t happen that often.
“At the end it got really tricky again. I served great basically all the second set, then the last games I got big troubles.
“So the match had everything. I’m really satisfied.”
Medvedev, seeded eighth, was untroubled by Chilean Christian Garin, whom he defeated 6-3, 6-3.
Thiem is now preparing to try and stretch his win streak here as he takes on Medvedev.
“He’s having a great season, playing unbelievable, solid tennis every week. It’s going to be very, very tough match,” the Austrian second seed said.
“Barcelona (final) was of course in my favour because it’s clay. We had a great, close match in St. Petersburg, which was a very high level.
“I’ll try to see watch that one again, see what I did great there, and try to play similar tomorrow.”
Medvedev know he will face a battle against the favourite. “It’s going to be a very difficult match like the last two times, I know he’s in good shape right now.”
“I’ll consider this match as a test. Am I able to beat players that are in good shape like he is right now and like him?”
Thiem has a hardcourt pedigree after winning the Indian Wells Masters title in March with a victory over Roger Federer in the final.
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