ATP roundup: Dominic Thiem advances to Estoril quarters

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Austria’s Dominic Thiem, the 2020 U.S. Open champion, cruised past American eighth seed Ben Shelton 6-2, 6-2 in the second round of the Millennium Estoril Open on Thursday in Estoril, Portugal.

Thiem, the former world No. 3 player, is hunting for his first title since that grand slam breakthrough in 2020 and a subsequent wrist injury. Against Shelton, he won a whopping 19 of 22 first-service points (86.4 percent) and converted five of nine break-point opportunities.

The No. 2 and 4 seeds also fell in Portugal. Spain’s Bernabe Zapata Miralles outlasted second-seeded Hubert Hurkacz of Poland 6-7 (7), 6-4, 6-2, while Frenchman Quentin Halys eked past fourth-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain 7-6 (5), 7-5.

No. 6 seed Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia swept past Austrian Jurij Rodionov 6-0, 6-1 in a hair less than 64 minutes.

Grand Prix Hassan II

No. 1 seed Lorenzo Musetti of Italy took care of France’s Hugo Gaston 6-2, 6-3 to ease into the quarterfinals in Marrakech, Morocco.

Second-seeded Daniel Evans of Great Britain was also successful in beating Australia’s Alexei Popyrin 6-1, 6-3, but third-seeded Botic van de Zandschulp of the Netherlands suffered a 6-7 (8), 6-4, 6-0 defeat at the hands of Australia’s Christopher O’Connell.

Dutch fourth seed Tallon Griekspoor rallied past Swedish qualifier Elias Ymer 1-6, 6-3, 6-4. Other winners included France’s Alexandre Muller, Italian qualifier Andrea Vavassori, Spain’s Roberto Carballes Baena and Russia’s Pavel Kotov.

U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship

Fifth seed J.J. Wolf and Denis Kudla of the U.S. were tied 4-4 in the first set of their second-round match when rain caused a delay in Houston. Play never resumed, and no matches were completed Thursday.

No. 4 seed John Isner of the U.S. had also begun his second-round match against Gijs Brouwer of the Netherlands before the delay, and the first-round match featuring Australia’s Max Purcell and Germany’s Daniel Altmaier was halted in the third set.

–Field Level Media

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