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Thiem sees off Cilic to reach fourth round

Thiem sees off Cilic to reach fourth round”

Second seed Dominic Thiem staved off a perky fightback from Marin Cilic to beat the previous champ 6-2 6-2 3-6 6-3 on Saturday and reach the fourth round of the U.S. Open.

"I still have to raise my level if I want to go deeper".

Thiem, who has actually reached 3 Grand Slam finals without success, started to battle with his 2nd serve and Cilic broke for the very first time in the match to increase 4-2 and after that required a fourth set. "He has everything basically", Thiem said. Auger-Aliassime, who beat Andy Murray in round two, may still be baby-faced but he is determined to show a killer instinct on court.

"You feel like step by step he's been reaching later stages of these tournaments, really becoming like a power in the tennis world".

'So, after talking to USTA (the United States Tennis Association) and a doctor from the NY department, I think, they said, 'OK, just do a test every day and you live normal.

Eighth seed Bautista Agut was beaten 7-5, 2-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 by Canadian Vasek Pospisil, while 11th seed Khachanov lost 6-4, 0-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 to Alex de Minaur of Australia. "With a day off and just a three-setter to play, I'm feeling good".

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Russian third seed Medvedev - last year's runner-up - eased past J.J. Wolf in straight sets at Flushing Meadows in NY.

"It was definitely one of my best performances start to finish", said Tiafoe, the last remaining American in the men's singles.

I need to find a balance and try to play consistently above-average tennis throughout.

Italian sixth seed Matteo Berrettini and Russia's 10th seed Andrey Rublev both enjoyed easy three-set wins to set up a last-16 clash against each other.

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.



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