June 1, 2018 / 5:33 PM / 10 months ago

Tennis: Austria's Thiem powers his way into last 16 showdown with Nishikori

Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - June 1, 2018 Austria's Dominic Thiem in action during his third round match against Italy's Matteo Berrettini REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

PARIS (Reuters) - Seventh seed Dominic Thiem muscled his way into the fourth round of the French Open on Friday, putting out Italian claycourt specialist Marco Berrettini 6-3 6-7(5) 6-3 6-2.

Hitting searing forehands and serves of up to 224 kph (139 mph), Thiem was in combative form on Roland Garros’s No. 1 court, dubbed the bullring, eventually running away with the win.

The world number eight, who had a strong build up to the Paris major, winning in Lyon and making the final in Madrid after beating Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals, will take on Japan’s Kei Nishikori, the 19th seed, in the last 16.

The win means Thiem has reached the fourth round of the French for the third year in a row but what he will be aiming for is to improve on the two semi-final runs he made over the past two years.

Writing by Luke Baker, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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