It was not straightforward, however Dominic Thiem made the distinction on Thursday when he negotiated a tricky check in opposition to Marin Cilic on the Rogers Cup.
Thiem scored the 9 factors of the break – 4 to Three-Three within the first set and 5 within the second to Zero-1 (three) and 5-Four (two) – to win 7-6 (7) , 6-Four on one hour and 53 minutes for a spot within the third spherical.
Cilic's intelligent rhythm adjustments and aggressive strike saved Thiem on his guard, however when the primary set tied with two velocity adjustments, the Austrian's consistency was decisive .
Having recovered from 15/40 in his first service match of the second set, Thiem jumped with an unbelievable size on his return to clay and broke for a 2-1 benefit with a pleasant win on cross service through the service that left Cilic. flat ft to the web. Later, at 5-Four, he resisted a brand new storm on 15/40 and closed his 31st win in 2019 on his fourth match level.
Second-seeded Thiem, who had already crushed Canada within the ATP Masters 1000 (Zero-5), is gaining momentum earlier than his quarter-final in opposition to eighth-seeded Russian Daniil Medvedev. who knocked out Cristian Garin of Chile 6-Three, 6-Three in 70 minutes. Thiem and Medvedev are each making an attempt to qualify for the Nitto ATP finals, which is able to happen at The O2 in London from 10 to 17 November. Thiem leads 2-Zero in his FedEx ATPHead2Head sequence.
Thiem, 25, is now undefeated for six video games. He notably gained his 14th title on the ATP circuit final week on the Open Generali in Kitzbuhel (deceased by Ramos-Vinolas). In March, shortly after beginning his partnership with coach Nicolas Massu, Thiem gained his first Masters 1000 title on the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells (deceased by Federer).
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Cilic, the quantity 14 seed, who lately began working with former world quantity 6, Wayne Ferreira, continues to regain his confidence after a proper foot damage earlier within the season and has a general report of 15-12 this yr.