Del Potro into U.S. Open quarters after Thiem retires
5, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Dominic Thiem of Austria hits to Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina on day eight of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament ...
By Steve Keating
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Juan Martin del Potro's summer renaissance continued on Monday as the unseeded Argentine advanced into the U.S. Open quarter-finals when Austrian eighth seed Dominic Thiem quit their match with an injury.
Del Potro, the 2009 U.S. Open winner, whose career has been interrupted by a string of wrist surgeries and needed a wild card to get into the year's last grand slam, has made the most of his opportunity by reaching the last eight without dropping a set.
The towering Argentine's path was made a little easier when Thiem retired with an apparent knee injury trailing 6-3 3-2.
Del Potro will now await Stan Wawrinka, who is fourth seeded and beat Ilya Marchenko of Ukraine in 4 sets.