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Effective Thiemo advances to quarters

Thiemo advanced to the quarterfinals of the Sacramento challenger op Thursday. He needed three sets to defeat Pierre-Ludovic Duclos from Canada: 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. The Dutchman will see second-seed Ivo Karlovic as his next opponent.

It took some time before Thiemo had a grip on the attacking style of his opponent. But it was the Dutchman who forced the first break of the match, which was enough to claim the opening set. Duclos took the momentum in the second set and recorded three breaks to level the match. The tense third set did not see many chances for both. It was Thiemo who cashed his first and only break point, and more important, it was enough to secure the match.

The quarterfinal between Thiemo and Karlovic, their first ever meeting, has been scheduled as second on court 1, starting from 12:00 on Friday.