Thiem advances with ease and Pospisil will be Bautista's rival

Rublev, Khachanov, Berrettini, Cilic and de Miñaur also won Thursday's match at the US Open. Pospisil gave the surprise of the day by beating Raonic.

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Dominic Thiem continues to prove to be one of the main candidates to avoid Novak Djokovic's victory at this US Open. The Austrian, second seeded in the tournament, clearly beat Indian Sumit Nagal 6-3, 6-3 and 6-2. Thiem, very serious with his serve, closed the game in 1 hour and 59 minutes.

The first round was the one in which Nagal showed the most resistance, breaking the serve of the world number three to equalize the set. Finally, Thiem brought out its quality to take away. The rest of the game had less history. The Austrian, who frequented the network on numerous occasions and limited his unforced errors, overwhelmed the Indian. He is already in the third round (in which he will face Marin Cilic) of a tournament that has never done him very well, since in six participations, his best record is the quarterfinals in 2018.

Another candidate in this tournament, the Italian Matteo Berrettini, sixth seed, also found it difficult to overcome his confrontation with the Frenchman Ugo Humbert. Berrettini, very successful with his first serve (he only lost eight points with first serve), unhinged the young Frenchman, who lost with dignity 6-4, 6-4 and 7-6 (6). On the path of the Italian, who seeks, at least, to repeat the semifinals he reached in 2019, the Norwegian Casper Ruud (30th) will cross, who is also in the third round after the withdrawal due to injury of the Finn Emil Ruusuvuori when Ruud won 6-4, 6-3 and 3-2.

Cilic's hard-working victory, now going for Thiem

Croatian Marin Cilic, one of the few Grand Slam winners present in the men's edition (he won the US Open in 2014), had to work hard to beat the Slovakian Norbert Gombos. Cilic, who had just played a five-set match in the first round against Kudla, again exceeded three hours of confrontation, to end up winning 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (5) and 7-5.

The poor success with the second serve and the unforced errors of both players equalized a match in which each break ball was gold (4 service breaks each player). Cilic's superiority in the tie break of the third set, in which he had experience against a player who was playing his fifth Grand Slam, was decisive for the match.Pospisil wins the Canadian gunboat duel

One of the surprises of the day in New York came in the match between Canadians Vasek Pospisil, world number 94, and Milos Raonic. The two servers took their confrontation until 3 hours and 18 minutes. Raonic, 25th seeded, started as a favorite and took the first set, but a great recovery by Pospisil made him take the next three rounds to win the match 6-7 (1), 6-3, 7- 6 (4) and 6-3.

Pospisil, who was successful with the second serve (61% compared to 45% for Raonic), accesses the third round of the US Open for the first time in nine participations, and will face the Spanish Roberto Bautista, who beat the Serbian Miomir today Kecmanovic.

Rublev and Khachanov are advancing steadily, just like Minaur

Russians Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov are also in the third round, and together with Medvedev they could sign a round day for their country's tennis in the men's box. Rublev, the tenth seed in this US Open, beat Frenchman Greogoire Barrere 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (4) in less than two hours. The 22-year-old Russian, very effective with his serve (he only gave two serves) and active to the rest, is already in the third round of his favorite tournament (he reached the semifinals in 2017), in which he will face Italian Salvatore Caruso.

Khachanov, for his part, also comfortably surpassed compatriot Andrey Kuznetsov in less than two hours for a score of 6-3, 6-4 and 6-1. The match was marked by the difficulties of Kuznetsov with his second serve (28% of points won) and the solidity of Khachanov on service.

The rival of Karen Khachanov, seeded number 11, for a place in the round of 16 will be the Australian Álex de Miñaur, who beat Frenchman Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-3, 6-7 (6) and 7- 5 in just over three hours. De Miñaur will seek to return to the fourth round, his best result in a Grand Slam, achieved in the last edition of the US Open.

Results of the day.



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