Rio Open: Thiem upsets Ferrer to enter semis, Nadal gets walkover

  • AP, Rio de Janeiro
  • Updated: Feb 20, 2016 10:17 IST
Dominic Thiem (L) of Austria shakes hands with David Ferrer of Spain after the former won 6-3, 6-2 at the Rio Open in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Februrary 19, 2016. (AFP Photo)

Austria’s Dominic Thiem upset Spain’s David Ferrer to enter the semifinals of the Rio Open on Friday while Rafael Nadal advanced without hitting a shot.

No 5 Thiem upset No 2 Ferrer 6-3, 6-2. The 22-year-old Austrian won the Buenos Aires title last week — beating Nadal in the semifinals and Spaniard Nicolas Almagro in the final — and is the youngest player in the ATP’s top 20 rankings.

In the semis, Thiem will face Argentinian Guido Pella, who defeated Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain 5-7, 6-1, 7-5, but Thiem will be a strong favourite to reach the final.

The top-seeded Nadal moved on after his quarterfinal opponent Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine withdrew before the clay-court match with a shoulder injury.

Tournament organisers said Dolgopolov hurt his shoulder in a doubles match on Thursday.

Nadal’s semifinal opponent will be Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay, who defeated Federico Delbonis of Argentina 6-4, 7-6 (4). The match was delayed for two-and-a-half hours with Delbonis leading 4-2 in the second set.

On the women’s side of the ATP-WTA event, Petra Martic of Croatia defeated No. 6 Lara Arruabarrena 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 to reach the semifinals.

In another upset, Sorana Cirstea of Romania defeated No. 3 Danka Kovinic 6-1, 6-2 to eliminate the last seeded player from the tournament.

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