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Thiem beats Cilic at Rogers Cup, advances to quarters

Rogers Cup Montreal - Day 7

MONTREAL, QC - AUGUST 08: Dominic Thiem of Austria reacts after defeating Marin Cilic of Croatia 7-6, 6-4 during day 7 of the Rogers Cup at IGA Stadium on August 8, 2019 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

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MONTREAL -- Second-seeded Dominic Thiem advanced to the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup with a 7-6 (7), 6-4 victory over Marin Cilic on Thursday.

Thiem fired 11 aces and saved all nine break points against Cilic, while breaking the Croatian once in four opportunities.

The fourth-ranked Thiem is coming off a victory on clay at the Generali Open in his native Austria. He has three titles in 2019. This is his first hard-court event since March.

Thiem will next face eight-seeded Daniil Medvedev of Russia, who beat Cristian Garin of Chile 6-3, 6-3.

Top-seeded Rafael Nadal and Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, celebrating his 19th birthday, were in action later Thursday.