Dominic Thiem sees off Marin Cilic, but admits ‘I have to raise my level if I want to go deeper’
Dominic Thiem proved why he is the main challenger to Novak Djokovic at the US Open by edging past Marin Cilic in the third round.
The second seed is hoping to finally get his hands on a grand slam title after three final defeats, including one to Djokovic in the Australian Open in January.
Djokovic looks highly likely to be waiting for Thiem in the final if the Austrian can get that far and he will be eyeing his chance after taking out the 2014 champion Cilic 6-2, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
— ATP Tour (@atptour) September 6, 2020
“I am much happier, not 100 per cent yet, I still have to raise my level if I want to go deeper, especially in the next round,” Thiem said of his game.
“Normally I am capable of doing this in the slams. I am not 100 per cent happy with the way I am playing yet. Today was a good win against a great champion and a good player and that should give me a boost.”
Next up for the Austrian is Felix Auger-Aliassime, who continues to look imperious, and it is a tantalising clash.
The 15th seed, still only 20, trounced Corentin Moutet 6-1, 6-0, 6-3 to record his best ever performance in a Grand Slam.
Auger-Aliassime may still be baby-faced but he is determined to show a killer instinct on court.
🗣 POINT OF THE TOURNAMENT NOMINEE
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 5, 2020
“I’m here to impose myself,” he said. “Outside the court I’m a pretty kind person but once I step on court, it’s the best man that wins.
“Only one survives. You’ve got to step it up with that animal and killer instinct.”
Third seed Daniil Medvedev also continued his cruise through to the fourth round.
The Russian’s run to the final last year was full of drama but so far he has not lost more than four games in any set across three matches and was in complete control in a 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 win over American JJ Wolf.
Medvedev will next face another American Frances Tiafoe, following the latter’s straight sets win over Marton Fucsovics.
Tenth seed Andrey Rublev has been nearly as impressive as his fellow Russian Medvedev and he needed just an hour and 24 minutes to defeat Italian Salvatore Caruso 6-0, 6-4, 6-0.
Canadian Vasek Pospisil began the tournament by helping Novak Djokovic set up the Professional Tennis Players Association but off-court distractions appear to have galvanised him, and the 30-year-old reached the fourth round here for the first time with a 7-5, 2-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 upset of eighth seed Roberto Bautista Agut.
Sixth seed Matteo Berrettini, a semi-finalist last year, is going well again, beating Casper Ruud 6-4 6-4 6-2, while young Australian Alex De Minaur recovered from losing the second set to love to beat 11th seed Karen Khachanov 6-4, 0-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.
Follow us on Twitter @T365Official.
Exclusive – Annabel Croft urges tennis players not to treat the media as their enemy
Former British No.1 Annabel Croft fears some…
Cameron Norrie sets up Matteo Berrettini final after big win at Queen’s Club
The 25-year-old will now face top seed Matteo Berrettini as he looks to claim his first ATP title.
Andy Murray’s cheeky post from England v Scotland game creates social media stir
Andy Murray has tended to avoid getting involved in the England v Scotland rivalry, but he couldn’t resist on Friday night.
British number one Dan Evans goes out at quarter-final stage at Queen’s Club
But Cameron Norrie books his place in the last eight.
Dan Evans has his run at Queen’s Club ended by Matteo Berrettini
Top seed Matteo Berrettini reached the semi-finals with a 7-6 (5) 6-3 victory.
Exclusive – Tennis needs to build ‘female workforce’ to reach a new audience
Judy Murray wants to see more women participating in tennis at all levels.
Naomi Osaka will not play at Wimbledon but she is preparing to return to the game
Wimbledon is set to begin on June 28 and Naomi Osaka will be missing.
Andy Murray insists his ambition is not dented after compressive defeat at Queen’s Club
The Scot was overpowered 6-3 6-3.
Wimbledon organisers defend online ticket sale amid complaints from fans
Vast majority of those applying had no issues.
Impressive Matteo Berrettini ends Andy Murray’s Queen’s Club comeback
Andy Murray was overpowered by Matteo Berrettini.