A tough initiation for Alex De Minaur into the world of grand slam quarters. The Australian gave it his all but was outclassed, outworked and outperformed by a man who looks right on course for his maiden major success.
Dominic Thiem had the upper hand in every regard on Arthur Ashe Stadium. It started with a comfortably superior service game and it went from there, with the Austrianâ€™s 43 winners to De Minaurâ€™s 17 telling its own story. Thiem wasnâ€™t perfect – despite his dominance he still committed six more unforced errors than the Australian – but he was prepared to force the issue when at times De Minaur wasnâ€™t, and ultimately he had the game to win big points when it mattered.
Thiem now faces Daniil Medvedev in the semis. With the big three of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic conspicuous by their absence at the semi-final stage of a slam, the Austrian is as good a chance as any of ultimate glory. For De Minaur, he did plenty right at Flushing Meadows but in the end was handed a lesson in whatâ€™s required to take the next step. Though beaten soundly here, thereâ€™s every reason to think he can take that step. Thanks for your company.
Thiem wins 6-1, 6-2, 6-4!
Thiem wins the second set, 6-2!
Thiem wins the first set, 6-1!
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this US Open menâ€™s quarter-final between Dominic Thiem of Austria and Alex de Minaur, the Australian 21st seed. Arthur Ashe Stadium is quite the stage for De Minaur, who is through to the last eight in a grand slam for the first time. The 21-year-old will know he is in a match against Thiem, the world No 2 and US Open second seed who is now the best player left in the draw after Novak Djokovicâ€™s sensational default. The Austrian is unbeaten in two previous meetings with De Minaur and is an overwhelming favourite to make it 3-0 in New York. But there is no denying De Minaur is on an upward spiral, so this has the makings of a goodâ€™un.
Victoria Azarenka has just completed a hatchet job on Elise Mertens, beating the 16th seed 6-1, 6-o on Arthur Ashe Stadium, so we are 15-20 minutes away from the menâ€™s quarter. If youâ€™d like to get involved, do so by email or Twitter – @scott_heinrich
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