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Rio Open 2016: Dominic Thiem ousts defending champ David Ferrer in quarter-finals

Thiem has been playing some exceptional tennis of late and also won the Argentina Open recently on his favoured clay surface.

Dominic Thiem David Ferrer Rio Open Quarter Final
Thiem defeated the defending champion, Ferrer, 6-3, 6-2 to march into the semi-finals

Fast-rising Austrian Dominic Thiem continued his strong run of form in South America, cruising to a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Spanish No. 2 seed and defending champion David Ferrer in the Rio Open quarter-finals here.

The 22-year-old Thiem, fresh off capturing his fourth ATP Tour title last weekend in Buenos Aires, will next take on Argentine Guido Pella in the first semi-final, reports EFE.

Thiem was superior to Ferrer in all aspects on Friday night, outplaying him from the baseline and seeming to sap some of the veteran Spaniard's fighting spirit with a series of points decided at the net.

The Austrian defeated Rafael Nadal, the 14-time Grand Slam champion and nine-time Roland Garros champ, on his favoured clay surface en route to winning the Argentina Open.

After edging out Nadal in the semi-finals, he scraped past Spaniard Nicolas Almagro in the final.

Nadal, the 2014 Rio Open champion, could get a quick rematch in this year's final, however, if he can defeat Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas and the 19th-ranked Thiem gets past Pella.

The Rio Open, an ATP World Tour 500 event that is played at the Jockey Club Brasileiro and will pay out more than $1.3 million in total prize money this year, is the biggest men's professional tennis tournament played in South America in terms of ranking points.

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