Slovenia's Aljaz Bedene returns the ball to Austria's Dominic Thiem during the round of 16 in the ATP Qatar Open tennis competition in Doha on January 3, 2018. / AFP / KARIM JAAFAR
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World number five Dominic Thiem eased through to the quarter-finals of the Qatar Open Wednesday, but the tournament is now guaranteed a non-seeded finalist because so many of the highest-ranked players crashed out.The six other seeds have all been knocked out, even though the tournament has only reached the second round.Spain's Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez were the latest seeds to fall on Wednesday.Russia's Andrey Rublev, 20, beat veteran seventh seed Verdasco in three sets, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in a centre court match watched by Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser al-Khelaifi. Rublev, the world number 39, broke Verdasco in the ninth game of the final set, then saved two break points as he served out for victory.Earlier, world number 138 and wildcard Mirza Basic shocked eighth seed Lopez with a straight sets victory 6-4, 7-6 (7/2).
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