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Keys digs deep to take Western & Southern Open title

By Sports Desk August 18, 2019

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    Dominic Thiem survived another test to reach the Rio Open quarter-finals, while Milos Raonic's run at Delray Beach continued on Thursday.

    Thiem, playing his first tournament since reaching the Australian Open final, was pushed by Jaume Munar before winning 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 6-4 on the clay in Brazil.

    The Austrian top seed, who won the ATP 500 event in 2017, needed two hours, 41 minutes to advance, having also dropped a set in his opener.

    Thiem will face Gianluca Mager in the quarter-finals after the Italian qualifier's 6-3 7-6 (7-5) victory over Joao Domingues.

    Borna Coric moved into the last eight courtesy of a 6-3 1-6 7-6 (7-5) win against wildcard Thiago Seyboth Wild.

    The fifth seed will meet Lorenzo Sonego, who upset second seed Dusan Lajovic 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-5).

    At the Delray Beach Open, Raonic – the 2017 runner-up – served 11 aces in a 7-5 6-3 win over Cedrik-Marcel Stebe that sent him into the quarter-finals.

    Steve Johnson awaits the Canadian after overcoming 2017 champion Jack Sock 6-4 5-7 6-1.

    Frances Tiafoe, the 2018 winner, and Ugo Humbert set up a last-eight meeting with straight-sets victories over Tommy Paul and Miomir Kecmanovic respectively.

  • Medvedev sees off Sinner in Marseille but Goffin goes down again Medvedev sees off Sinner in Marseille but Goffin goes down again

    Open 13 Marseille top seed Daniil Medvedev got his tournament off to a fine start as he came from behind to defeat NextGen champion Jannik Sinner.

    The 18-year-old Sinner claimed the first top-10 scalp of his career when he beat David Goffin last week, but he did not have enough to hold on against Medvedev.

    After world number five Medvedev was brushed aside in a 25-minute first set, the Russian claimed two vital breaks in the second set before taking the decider for a 1-6 6-1 6-2 victory.

    Medvedev will next take on Gilles Simon - a Marseille champion in 2007 and 2015 - after the Frenchman overcame Aljaz Bedene 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals.

    Meanwhile, Goffin suffered another upset, going down 6-4 7-6 (7-5) to Belarusian qualifier Egor Gerasimov.

    Gerasimov's next opponent, Felix Auger-Aliassime, overcame Pierre-Hugues Herbert in a thrilling encounter, with the youngster coming out on top 6-0 6-7 (6-8) 7-6 (11-9).

    Auger-Aliassime's Canadian compatriot Denis Shapovalov also made the last eight as 17 aces helped him defeat two-time finalist Marin Cilic 6-4 4-6 6-2, with the world number 15 to meet Alexander Bublik next.

  • Halep fights back to tee up Brady semi-final in Dubai Halep fights back to tee up Brady semi-final in Dubai

    Simona Halep survived a scare against Aryna Sabalenka as she fought back from a set down to progress into the Dubai Tennis Championships semi-finals.

    Halep, appearing for the first time since a run to the last four at the Australian Open, lost to Sabalenka in their most recent meeting - in Adelaide in January - but had won her prior two encounters with the world number 13.

    Despite trailing in the first set, the world number two rallied in the second thanks to three breaks of serve, before cruising in the decider to wrap up a 3-6 6-2 6-2 win over her Belarusian opponent.

    The Romanian, a Dubai champion in 2015, will now go up against Jennifer Brady, whose run of upsets continued as she overcame Australian Open finalist Garbine Muguruza to claim her third straight top-20 triumph.

    Having already knocked out third seed Elina Svitolina and Marketa Vondrousova in previous rounds, Brady moved into the semis with a 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 6-4 win.

    It is the first time in Brady's career that the American has made it into the last four of a WTA Premier event, though she was not fully satisfied with her performance.

    "I wasn't feeling my best," she said in quotes reported by the WTA's official website. "Maybe I didn't play my best tennis, but I just found a way to stay in there, compete and come out on top."

    The other semi-final will see Elena Rybakina, whose fine run continued with a win over Karolina Pliskova, meet Petra Martic.

    Dubai debutant Rybakina has started 2020 in fine form and dispatched world number three Pliskova on Thursday, completing a 7-6 (7-1) 6-3 success in one hour and 41 minutes.

    It means Rybakina has made her fourth semi-final in five tournaments so far this year, with a tie against Martic - who beat Anett Kontaveit 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 - her reward.

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