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Dominic Thiem pulls out of Doha Open semi-final with cold

  • Top-seeded Dominic Thiem withdraws from Qatar Open due to illness
  • The fifth-ranked Thiem was set to face Gael Monfils in the semi-final on Friday
  • The Austrian has now turned his attention to the Australian Open on January 15 

Top-seeded Dominic Thiem withdrew from his Qatar Open semi-final against Gael Monfils on Friday due to a cold and fever.

In Saturday’s final, Monfils of France will play the winner of the semi-final between Andrey Rublev of Russia and Guido Pella of Argentina.

The fifth-ranked Thiem, the only remaining seeded player in the draw, did not drop a set on the way to the semi-finals. But there were signs of illness Thursday when the Austrian coughed through his answers after winning his quarter-final.

Top-seeded Dominic Thiem withdraws from Doha Open semi-final due to cold and fever

‘I am in bed with fever and there is almost no chance of a recovery until tonight,’ Thiem wrote on Facebook. 

‘Of course I am disappointed, but nevertheless I had a solid start into the new season.’

The Australian Open starts in 10 days.

‘Now I am focusing on Melbourne and being fit and prepared for the first Grand Slam of the year,’ Thiem said.

The Australian Open has already seen a list of high-profile withdrawals in the build-up to the event, as Serena Williams, Andy Murray and Jo Konta have all had to pull out with injury and fitness issues.

Kyle Edmund suffered an injury scare in his quarter-final defeat to Grigor Dimitrov at the Brisbane International and could miss the tournament.

Austria's Thiem overcame Stefanos Tsitsipas in their quarter-final encounter on Thursday

Austria’s Thiem overcame Stefanos Tsitsipas in their quarter-final encounter on Thursday


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