Thiem, Monfils, Carreno Busta advance at Rio Open
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 21, 2018 12:40 PM
FILE - Austria's Dominic Thiem reacts after he lost a point to South Africa's Kevin Anderson during the second day of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Dec. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — No. 6-ranked and second-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria has advanced in the Rio Open with a straight-sets victory over Serbian Dusan Lajovic.
The defending champion won 6-2, 7-5 on Tuesday and will next play Spain's Pablo Andujar in the clay-court tournament.
Frenchman Gael Monfils earned a dramatic 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 victory over Argentina's Horacio Zeballos.
Monfils will face top-seeded and third-ranked Marin Cilic of Croatia, who is playing his first tournament since he reached the Australian Open final in January.
Third seed and 11th-ranked Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain also advanced, beating Marco Cecchinato 6-4, 6-1.