Local favourite Thiem beaten in Austria

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Yannick Hanfmann has stunned former world No.3 Dominic Thiem 6-4 3-6 6-4 to reach the semi-finals of the ATP event in Austria.

Home favourite Thiem was trailing 5-4 in the third set when play was suspended because of rain, and the 2020 US Open champion failed to hold his serve when play resumed.

The 28-year-old Thiem returned in March from a long-term wrist injury and after a slow start to his comeback has reached at least the quarter-finals in his last three tournaments.

It's only the fourth ATP semi-final for the 140th-ranked Hanfmann. The 30-year-old German will next play either Dusan Lajovic or Filip Misolic whose quarter-final match was suspended.

Third-seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut came from a set down to beat Jiri Lehecka 4-6 7-5 7-5 on Thursday.

He will next play his countryman, fifth-seeded Albert Ramos-Vinolas, who eliminated another Spaniard, seventh-seeded Pedro Martinez 6-4 6-2.

In Umag, top-seed Carlos Alcaraz eased past Norbert Gombos 6-2 6-3 to start the defence of his first ATP title at the Croatia Open.

The 19-year-old Spaniard became the second-youngest player this century to break into the top five in the rankings announced Monday. Only Rafael Nadal did it at a younger age since 2000.

The fifth-ranked Alcaraz, who lost in the final at the Hamburg European Open last week to Lorenzo Musetti, broke Gombos four times while saving all seven break points he faced.

Alcaraz and Nadal are tied for most ATP titles this year - four.

He will play Facundo Bagnis in the quarter-finals after the Argentine beat French qualifier Corentin Moutet 6-3 6-1.

Franco Agamenone upset fourth-seeded Sebastian Baez 3-6 6-1 7-5 for his second ATP main draw victory while fellow Italian qualifier Marco Cecchinato upset eighth-seeded Musetti 6-4 6-3.

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