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By Chris Oddo | Tuesday August 8, 2017

Diego Schwartzman saw his way past Dominic Thiem for the first time in four career battles to book his place in the round of 16 at the Coupe Rogers in Montreal on Tuesday night. The Argentinean, making his Montreal debut, saved a pair of match points while serving at 2-5 in the third set, another with Thiem serving at 5-3, and a fourth while serving to stay alive at 4-5.

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Schwartzman reeled off the final five points of the third-set to clinch his 4-6, 7-6(7), 7-5 victory and book a place alongside American Jared Donaldson in the round of 16.

Thiem has now lost his first match in Canada in each of his last four appearances.

Donaldson eased past Benoit Paire, 6-2, 7-5, to book his spot in the round of 16 at the Rogers Cup for the second consecutive year.

In other evening action at Montreal, American Jack Sock rambled past Pierre-Hugues Herbert, 7-6(4), 6-3. Sock hit the shot of the tournament when he casually executed a running behind-the-back volley and finished the point with a winner on the next ball.

It brought the crowd to their feet and a smile to Sock’s face.


Sam Querrey joined his fellow Americans in the winner’s circle with a three-set win over France’s Vincent Millot, while Frances Tiafoe was taken out by 35-year-old Italian Paolo Lorenzi.

In other late action on Day 2, Kevin Anderson eased past Dudi Sela, 6-3, 7-6(1).

The action heats up on Wednesday with top-seeded Rafael Nadal (v. Coric) and second-seeded Roger Federer (v. Polansky) both in action. Canada’s Denis Shapovalov, who saved four match points to defeat Brazil’s Rogerio Dutra Silva, will face Juan Martin del Potro, also on Court Central.

 

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