Second seed Dominic Thiem edged a first-set tiebreak before turning up the heat to romp into the U.S. Open quarter-finals with a resounding 7-6(4) 6-1 6-1 victory over Canadian youngster Felix Augur-Aliassime at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday.
Top seed Novak Djokovic’s disqualification on Sunday for striking a line judge with a ball has left Thiem as one of the favourites and the Austrian gave a composed performance to reach the last eight in New York for the second time in his career.
He was helped in his quest for a maiden Grand Slam title by a below-par performance from Augur-Aliassime, who beat Andy Murray in round two but was well off the pace against Thiem, making 51 unforced errors compared to the second seed’s 24.
New US Open favourite Dominic Thiem reached the last-eight of the tournament on Monday
Thiem won 74% of his first serve points and was near flawless at the net, while also sending down 22 winners as he wrapped up the contest in a shade over two hours.
The Austrian second seed will now face young Australian prodigy Alex de Minaur in the last eight. The 21-year-old beat Vasek Pospisil in straight sets earlier on Monday.
Thiem is yet to win a Grand Slam in his career, but did reach this year’s Australian Open final – where he lost to Djokovic – while he has also made final appearances at the last two French Open tournaments.
Thiem won in straight sets against Felix Augur-Aliassime, who beat Andy Murray in round three
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