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Defending champion Hurkacz ends Thiem run to book quarter-final spot in Metz

The second seed will play Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech in the last eight

Hubert Hurkacz, 2022 Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz at the Dubai Tennis Championships | © AI / Reuters / Panoramic

Defending champion Hubert Hurkacz ended the run of former US Open champion Dominic Thiem as he claimed a 6-3, 6-4 win over the Austrian to reach the quarter-finals of the Metz Open on Thursday.

The second seed and world No 10 hit 12 aces and saved both break points to deny Thiem, who is making his way back from a serious wrist injury.

“Dominic’s an unbelievable player,” Hurkacz said. “It’s not easy to come back from such a tough injury. He’s working super-hard so hopefully he’ll get there very soon.”

Hurkacz, will face Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech for a place in the semi-finals.

“I’m definitely going to try my best to compete as hard as I can because there are a lot of great players in this tournament,” he added.

In the previous round, Thiem, ranked No 182, defeated French wildcard Richard Gasquet (6-3, 7-6 (3)).

Metz ATP 250, other second-round results (Arènes de Metz, EUR 597.900, most recent results first):

  • Holger Rune vs. Benjamin Bonzi
  • Daniil Medvedev vs. Stan Wawrinka
  • Mikael Ymer beat Gregoire Barrere (Q): 6-4, 6-3
  • Lorenzo Sonego beat Gilles Simon (WC): 7-6 (2), 6-4
  • Alexander Bublik (7) beat Emil Ruusuvuori: 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3
  • Arthur Rinderknech beat Nikoloz Basilashvili (5): 7-6 (11), 6-3
  • Sebastian Korda beat Lorenzo Musetti (3): 6-3, 7-6 (6)
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