Top seed Thiem advances to Rio Open quarters, Lajovic out

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Top-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria advanced to the quarterfinals of the Rio Open with a hard-fought victory over Spain’s Jaume Munar.

The runner-up in the Australian Open, Thiem best Munar 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4 in a match that took 2 hours, 41 minutes and ended early Friday.

Thiem clinched the win by breaking the serve of a tireless Munar in the last game. In the next round, he will face Italy’s Gianluca Mager.

“I didn’t play my best tennis, but it was enough,” the Austrian said.

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He looked recovered from a left knee injury he picked on Wednesday after accidentally hitting one of the doors of the tennis court build in Rio’s hypodrome.

Earlier, Mager topped Portugal’s João Domingues 6-3, 7-6 (5).

Second-seeded Dusan Lajovic of Serbia was eliminated by Lorenzo Sonego. The Italian won 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5) and will play fifth-seeded Borna Coric of Croatia in the quarterfinals.

Coric beat home favorite Thiago Seyboth Wild 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (5).

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