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Rogers Cup: No. 2 seed Thiem runs out of fuel versus Medvedev


With the win, Daniil Medvedev of Russia will now play fellow countryman Karen Khachanov within the semifinals.

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Dominic Thiem ran out of fuel.

That was the straightforward rationalization for Thiem’s 6-3, 6-1 loss to Russia Daniil Medvedev within the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup Canadian Open males’s tennis championships Friday.

The eighth-seeded Medvedev wanted solely 57 minutes to beat Thiem, whose transition to the arduous courtroom season was made tougher as a result of he arrived right here on Sunday after successful a event on clay in his native Austria.

“With all of the travelling and the brief transition, after two very powerful matches yesterday and two days in the past, I believe the battery was empty at this time,” mentioned the second-seeded Thiem. “I used to be not 100 per cent. That is simply not sufficient within the quarter-finals of a Masters 1000, particularly in opposition to a man like Daniil, who’s in a fantastic form, who’s taking part in superb tennis. I used to be not in a position to go the lengthy rallies with him. That’s principally the one likelihood to beat him. It’s only a logical rating and outcome after what occurred at this time.“

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However Thiem mentioned he was typically happy along with his time in Montreal, which included a three-set win over Canadian Denis Shapovalov adopted by a victory over Marin Cilic. These had been his first victories in Canada after 5 first-round losses in his earlier Rogers Cup appearances.

“On the finish, it was a superb event,” mentioned Thiem. “I couldn’t count on to return from Kitzbuhel to right here and go all the best way. I imply, I’m not a machine. The opponents are approach too good. I’m glad with my event. I’ll attempt to get able to be 100 per cent (subsequent week) in Cincinnati.”

Medvedev mentioned he was happy with the convenience of his victory.

“I used to be anticipating a more durable match,” he mentioned. “I used to be completely satisfied that I used to be in a position to play so effectively, to beat him so simply. It saved me lots of power. It gave me lots of confidence, so I’m very completely satisfied.“

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Medvedev’s semifinal opponent will likely be countryman Karen Khachanov. The No. 6 seed needed to work solely a bit tougher than Medvedev, since he upset the 2017 Rogers Cup winner, third-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany, 6-3, 6-3 in a single hour and 14 minutes.

Medvedev and Khachanov are each 23 years previous and grew up collectively in Moscow, however they’ve solely performed one another as soon as on the ATP Tour.

“We had one match final 12 months in Moscow and it was very powerful,” mentioned Khachanov. “It’s by no means straightforward to play in opposition to a pal from the identical nation. We performed all the identical tournaments since 12 or 14 and we all know one another fairly effectively.

“From one facet it’s troublesome, however … we all know what to anticipate, how we’re taking part in utterly completely different kinds. Yeah, will probably be an attention-grabbing match. We performed simply as soon as in Moscow final 12 months, in our hometown. There was extra rigidity since you play at residence.”

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Khachanov was stable from the baseline, whereas Zverev appeared annoyed as his unforced errors piled up.

“I believe he didn’t play his finest, in fact,” mentioned Khachanov. “On the opposite facet, I performed a superb match tactically, I performed stable from the baseline. Possibly he was lacking a bit of bit extra. That’s why he acquired annoyed. As soon as you’re lacking and dropping, you’re by no means completely satisfied. Doesn’t matter who you play in opposition to, it’s the way you play.”

Khachanov created some controversy Thursday when he complained in regards to the crowd cheering his errors in a match in opposition to native favorite Félix Auger-Aliassime.

However he had no complaints Friday.

“At this time was a lot better,’” he instructed the gang after his win. ”I didn’t like (you) earlier than, however at this time I like.”

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However Thiem had a special tackle the followers’ behaviour.

“I believe it’s regular should you play a Canadian or should you play a neighborhood that the entire crowd is in opposition to you,” mentioned Thiem, who beat Shapovalov within the second spherical. “I believe it is best to settle for it and nonetheless benefit from the environment. That’s how I see it.

“You don’t see lots of tournaments the place first match, 12:00, the stadium is full,” Thiem added. “For me, there may be nothing nicer than to play in entrance of a full stadium. On the whole, the gang right here is superb. They love tennis.”

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