Dominic Theim spent just 66 minutes in schooling Chilean Christian Garin 6-3, 6-2 to book a quarter-final place in his home ATP event in Vienna on Thursday.
“”I’m very happy, it was really good from start to finish,” the winner said.
The second seed and reigning US Open champion sent down eight aces while never faxing a break point against an opponent ranked 22nd.with two South American titles this season.
The Austrian second seed won the last five games of the match in a run to victory and a match against Andrey Rublev, whom he defeated here in the 2017 first round.
But Thiem knows that things have changed: ” “For me he is currently one of the top five players in the world, He plays every ball extremely quickly.”
Rublev strengthened his grip the last spot in next month’s ATP Finals in London, with Argentine rival Diego Schwartzman pushing from ninth position.
The Russian reached the quarter-finals after just nine minutes on court when teenaged Italian Jannik was forced to quit trailing 2-1 with a right foot injury.
Rublev has won Hamburg and St. Petersburg titles in recent weeks and will be playing his ninth quarter-final of the season from 12 tournaments.
He and Novak Djokovic both lead the ATP with four titles in 0220.
He is tied with World No. 1 Novak Djokovic atop the 2020 ATP Tour titles leaderboard with four trophies apiece. The 23-year-old, who also made the last eight in Vienna last year, has triumphed in Doha, Adelaide, Hamburg and St. Petersburg this season.
Fourth seed Daniil Medvedev sent over 17 aces in a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 comeback win over Canada’s Vasek Pospisil. The Russian also broke three times and dealt with 14 aces from his opponent.
Britain’s Brit Danlel Evans saw off Austrian wild card Jurij Rodionov 7-5, 6-3 and will now aim for his second semi-final in as many weeks after Antwerp five days ago.
Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego lined up a date with top seed Djokovic thanks to a defeat of Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz 7-6(6), 7-6(2) in one and three-quarter hours.
Main photo: – 2019 Vienna Masters winner Dominic Thiem