Dominic Thiem books quarter-final spot in Argentina Open

Shahida Jacobs

Dominic Thiem had no problems easing past Horacio Zeballos in his opening match at the Argentina Open while Diego Schwartzman also advanced.

The 2016 champion Thiem beat local hero Zeballos 6-4, 6-3 in one hour and 30 minutes at Estadio Guillermo Vilas to set up an encounter with another Argentinian in Guido Pella, who beat eighth seed Fernando Verdasco 6-2, 6-4.

Schwartzman, Argentina’s best hope for winning this year’s title, is also into the quarter-finals after coming from a set down to beat Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.

The fifth-seeded Schwartzman will face Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene for a place in the semi-finals after he beat third seed Albert Ramos Vinolas from Spain 3-6, 7-5, 6-1.