Monfils wins rain-interrupted clash against top seed Cilic
Gael Monfils barely raised a sweat as he took down top seed Marin Cilic in their rain-interrupted second-round match at the Rio Open, while Dominic Thiem reached the quarter-finals.
Rain forced the clash to be suspended at a crucial stage Wednesday, with the pair deadlocked at 7-7 in a tie-break after Monfils won the opening set 6-3.
Monfils and Australian Open runner-up Cilic returned Thursday and the former emerged triumphant 6-3 7-6 (10-8).
There were only four points played on court as unseeded Monfils, who faced a set point upon the resumption, set up a last-eight meeting with sixth seed Diego Schwartzman at the ATP 500 event.
Four points is all it takes for @Gael_Monfils to seal the upset of seed Cilic in @RioOpenOficial 2R after an overnight interruption. @ThiemDomi also through. More: https://t.co/d6RAbTSYfM pic.twitter.com/UTo9TzEYxs— ATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) February 23, 2018
"I don't think I feel very good, it's not about numbers," Monfils said. "I think I'm not in my best shape yet, I'm fighting for every point. Tomorrow [Friday] will be a great match, Schwartzman is a very fast player. I will have to play more aggressive."
Defending champion and second seed Thiem eased through to the quarters following the retirement of opponent Pablo Andujar, who was trailing 4-2 in the first set.
Next up for Thiem is eighth seed Fernando Verdasco after the Spaniard rallied past Nicolas Kicker 6-7 (3-7) 6-2 6-0.
Fellow seeds Fabio Fognini and Pablo Cuevas also progressed thanks to wins over Tennys Sandgren (4-6 6-4 7-6 (8-6)) and Gastao Elias (7-5 6-1).
Pablo Carreno Busta – the third seed – was stunned 6-2 5-7 6-2 by Aljaz Bedene.