Thiem sees off Lajovic in straight sets

Second seed Dominic Thiem enjoyed a comfortable ride in his Round of 32 match against Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic at the Rio Open on Tuesday.

The Austrian started quickly, racing into a 3-0 lead before breaking again at 5-2 to claim the first set in just 34 minutes.

Lajovic improved in the second set, pulling back another early break and matching Thiem up until game 12 when the world number 6 managed to break him again to take the set 7-5 and the match.

Thiem now faces Pablo Andujar of Spain in the next round.

In other action, third seed Pablo Carreno Busta breezed past Italy’s Marco Cecchinato 6-4, 6-1 to set up a last 16 match against the in form Slovenian Aljaz Bedene, who lost in the final to Thiem last week at the Argentina Open.

Bedene earlier beat Austria’s Andreas Haider-Maurer 7-5, 6-0.

France’s Gael Monfils was also a winner, taking three sets to see off local player Horacio Zeballos, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5.

He will now face top seed Marin Cilic in the next round.