Australian Open finalist in 2020 and former world quantity three Dominic Thiem misplaced 3-6, 4-6, 2-6 to Russia’s Andrey Rublev
- AFP Melbourne
- Last Updated: January 17, 2023, 08:57 IST
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The 2020 finalist Dominic Thiem’s Australian Open ended in the primary spherical on Tuesday, with the previous world quantity three crashing out to fifth seed Andrey Rublev in a setback on his return from damage.
While Russia’s Rublev held a transparent benefit in phrases of present rating, Thiem had a far higher Grand Slam pedigree because the US Open champion in 2020. He can also be a two-time finalist at Roland Garros.
But the Austrian, ranked 98, was outplayed in 36 Celsius (96.8 Fahrenheit) warmth as he continued his return from a wrist damage which stored him off courtroom for 9 months throughout the 2021 and 2022 seasons.
Rublev banked a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win on John Cain Arena — his first of the yr after two defeats in warm-up occasions, with both Australia’s Max Purcell or Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori his subsequent opponent.
“First of all I’m happy that I was able to get through in straight sets. It was super hot today so happy I can save some energy for future matches,” stated Rublev, who reached the quarter-finals at Melbourne in 2021 and received 4 titles final yr.
“When you play against Dominic, it’s never easy.
“We are really good friends and I know he is going through not easy times, so I just want to wish him all the best to come back at the same level that he belongs as fast as possible.”
Thiem has proven encouraging indicators on his return to the tour, rising from outdoors the highest 350 to breach the highest 100 this yr after semi-final runs final yr at Gstaad, Gijon, and Antwerp.
It was a seventh assembly between the pair however their first at a Grand Slam, with Rublev now main 5-2.
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