Troicki Extends Sydney Match Wins Streak; Thiem Advances
Thiem comes through tense test
Third seed and two-time defending champion Viktor Troicki extended his winning streak to 13 matches at Apia International Sydney on Wednesday after he struck 12 aces to beat Paolo Lorenzi 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 33 minutes. He is now 15-3 at the tournament. He will now play fifth seed Philipp Kohlschreiber, who was a 7-5, 6-4 winner over wild card Jordan Thompson. Watch Highlights
World No. 8 and top seed Dominic Thiem required two hours and 40 minutes to beat qualifier Gastao Elias 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-5 in the final match of the day to set up a clash against Daniel Evans, who defeated eighth seed Marcel Granollers 1-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Second seed Pablo Cuevas reached the Sydney quarter-finals for the first time on his fourth appearance at the event following a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 win over Nicolas Mahut. He goes on to face the sixth seed Gilles Muller, a semi-finalist for the past two years, who saved one match point to beat Alexandr Dolgopolov on Tuesday. Muller came through another three-setter against qualifier Matthew Barton 6-1, 3-6, 6-4. Muller hit 22 aces and lost only four of his first service points, while World No. 198 Barton fired down 17 aces and lost nine of his first service points. Watch Highlights
Also, fourth seed Pablo Carreno Busta knocked out Mischa Zverev 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-3.