Dominic Thiem storms into Hamburg quarter-finals with win over Millman

first_imgTop seed Dominic Thiem of Austria crushed Australia’s John Millman 6-2, 6-2 at the German Tennis Championships in Hamburg on Thursday to make it to his 10th quarter-final of the season.Thiem, who was a finalist at the French Open 2018, took the match by the scruff of the neck and in the glorious Hamburg sunshine, he broke Millman’s serve twice before he served out the first set in just 33 minutes.He did not drop the momentum in the second set and converted two more break points to take the set by the same margin and advanced to the next stage comfortably.Thiem extended his match win record to 38-11 for the season, which includes two claycourt titles in Buenos Aires and Lyon. He will next face Czech Nicolas Jarry for a place in the semi-finals.Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta was leading 6-2, 4-0 when his opponent Aljaz Bedene was forced to retire due to a hip injury.Up next for the third seed is Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili, who roared back from 1-6 down in the first set tiebreak to beat 2013 finalist Pablo Cuevas 7-6(6), 6-4.On Wednesday, Diego Schwartzman, seeded second, had swept past German qualifier Daniel Masur 6-2, 6-2 to ease into the quarter-finals.Masur, who collected his first tour level win of the season by defeating compatriot Maximilian Marterer in the previous round, looked far from comfortable as he won just 51 percent of points on his serve.Schwartzman treated the crowd to a display of power hitting as the Argentine capitalised on two breaks of serve in each set to wrap up the victory.advertisementEighth seed Verdasco converted an early break point to take the first set but fatigue crept into his game as he struggled to match his opponent in longer rallies.At 6-5 down and serving to force a tiebreak, the Spaniard committed four unforced errors to concede defeat after two hours and 10 minutes of play.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more