ACAPULCO, Mexico (AFP) – Third-seeded Austrian Dominic Thiem powered into the quarterfinals of the Mexican Open in Acapulco on Wednesday with a 6-2, 6-3 triumph over rising Canadian star Denis Shapovalov.
Thiem, the 2016 champion in Acapulco, didn’t face a break point in his 75 minutes on court against the 18-year-old Canadian as he set up a last-eight clash with former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro.
Argentina’s del Potro, the sixth seed, needed three sets to get past Spain’s David Ferrer 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
Second-seeded German Alexandr Zverev had to battle through the first set en route to a 7-6 (8/6), 6-3 victory over compatriot Peter Gojowczyk.
South Korean Chung Hyeon, a surprise semifinalist at the Australian Open, didn’t face a break point in his 6-3, 6-1 victory over 21-year-old American Ernesto Escobedo.