World no. 5 Dominic Thiem has won the sixth straight match, beating Pablo Carreno Busta 7-6, 6-3 in an hour and 47 minutes. Beijing champion hit 11 aces and fended off all four break chances in his games, keeping the pressure on the Spaniard who gave his best to stay in touch and match Thiem's numbers, suffering one break and wasting a massive opportunity in the opener to end his run in the second round.
Pablo repelled three break points at 4-4 and had three set points in the next game, denied by Thiem who claimed the tie break 7-3, stealing the set and scoring a break at 3-2 in the second that carried him over the finish line.
Andrey Rublev needed only 64 minutes to dismiss John Millman 6-2, 6-0, controlling the pace in his games and earning five breaks against the opponent who played the final in Tokyo on Sunday. Hitting 23 winners and 15 unforced errors, Andrey had the upper hand from start to finish, dominating in both the shortest and more extended rallies to secure the place in the third round.
The Russian grabbed a break in the third game, wasting more chances two games later and fixing that at 4-2 when he broke for the second time, closing the set with three service winners a few minutes later for a 6-2. Rublev was the only player on the court in set number two, earning three breaks and serving well to secure a bagel and one of the most impressive Masters 1000 wins in a career.
David Goffin will face Roger Federer on Thursday following a 6-2, 3-0 victory over Mikhail Kukushkin who was forced to retire an hour after the beginning of the encounter, sending the Belgian into the last 16.