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Young Gun Thiem Upsets Lopez In US Open Third Round

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Thiem© Getty ImagesDominic Thiem has reached the US Open fourth round, his best showing at a major.

Dominic Thiem staged an upset in the US Open third round, taking down 19th seed Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 on Sunday.

"It's my first ever US Open," said Thiem. "It's a special tournament, all the night matches, and I'm very happy to reach the Round of 16 here for the first time.

"I think the best thing was my return," Thiem added. "[It] worked very well. [Lopez] played serve-and-volley most of the time."

The 20-year-old ATP World Tour young gun has posted a banner year, currently ranked one position shy of his career-high No. 45 in the Emirates ATP Rankings (7 August), and owns a 19-17 season record that includes a runner-up finish in Kitzbuhel (l. to Goffin).

This is also Thiem’s first year contesting Grand Slams. He bowed out in the second round of the Australian Open (l. to Anderson) and Roland Garros (l. to Nadal) and made a first-round exit at Wimbledon (l. to Saville). At Flushing Meadows, along with being in the midst of his deepest run at a major, the Lichtenworth resident also won his first five-set match, though the milestone came at a price: he claimed victory over close friend and training partner Ernests Gulbis.

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Against Lopez, Thiem won 80 per cent of his first-serve points and broke his 32-year-old opponent six times during the battle lasting one hour and 48 minutes.

Thiem next faces sixth seed Tomas Berdych, a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 winner over Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili.

“[Thiem] is really playing well. He’s showing that he plays without any nerves and any extra pressure. He just goes for it,” said Berdych, a semi-finalist in 2012. “I'm looking forward for that match.”

"[Berdych] is a great player. It's going to be the first time for me playing against him," said Thiem. "Of course I know him from television and everything, but it will be a very tough match. I'm looking forward to it."

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