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By Alberto Amalfi | Thursday, October 20, 2022

 
Dominic Thiem

Dominic Thiem scrambled past Francisco Cerundolo 6-1, 1-6, 7-5 to advance to his fifth quarterfinal of the season in Antwerp.

Photo credit: Gijon Open 2022 Facebook

Racing sideline-to-sideline, Dominic Thiem delivered committed closing kick in Antwerp.

Thiem scrambled past Francisco Cerundolo 6-1, 1-6, 7-5 to advance to his fifth quarterfinal of the season at the European Open.

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It's Thiem's second straight quarterfinal following his run to the Gijon Open semifinals last week.

Down a break in the final set, Thiem broke back at love to level at 4-all. The Austrian broke again in the final game to beat Cerundolo for the second straight week.

World No. 132 Thiem improves to 16-14 in 2022 as he plays for his third semifinal of the season.



This victory vaults Thiem into tomorrow's quarterfinal against top-seeded Hubert Hurkacz.

The 2020 US Open champion Thiem is winless in three prior meetings against the big-serving Pole and will try to end that trend tomorrow.

"It's zero-three against him, obviously," Thiem said. "Since two years, he's in the world's best, definitely, especially indoors.

"Unbelievable serve he has. And we just played three or four weeks ago in Metz where he had a pretty easy win against me. And I hope I can make it more difficult for him tomorrow and be able to make another step ahead.




Home hero David Goffin toppled third-seeded Diego Schwartzman 7-6(3), 6-2.

The 58th-ranked Belgian beat Schwartzman for the fifth time in six meetings for his fourth Tour-level quarterfinal of 2022.




Next up for Goffin is a quarterfinal clash vs. Frenchman Richard Gasquet.

Empowered by his run to last week's Gijon Open final, Sebastian Korda continued his winning ways.

Korda edged fourth-seeded Karen Khachanov 7-5, 7-6(9).

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World No. 36 Korda cracked 10 aces and saved two of four break points in a two-hour victory. Korda, who topped compatiot Marcos Giron in his opener, defeated former Rolex Paris Masters champion Khachanov for the second time in three meetings. 

It was Korda's sixth win in his last seven matches and sends him into Friday's quarterfinal against Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka.


 

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