Miami, March 24 -- : Italian Lorenzo Sonego on Thursday night produced a stunning performance at the Miami Open to defeat former World No. 3 Dominic Thiem 7-6(7), 6-2.

Following a tight first set, the World No. 59 blew open the match by winning the first four games of the second set, as his clean hitting from the baseline and the former US Open champion's errors proved decisive.

Sonego, who reached the Miami fourth round in 2021, will next meet Briton Daniel Evans.

Thiem, who has not won a Masters 1000 match since Rome 2021, racked up 13 winners to 30 unforced errors spread evenly across both wings.

Thiem has fallen to 1-8 on the season, failing to capitalise on an encouraging return to the tour from a serious wrist injury in 2022. He ...