ATP Mallorca: Dominic Thiem injures right wrist, Daniil Medvedev advances

After three early losses on clay, world no. 4 Dominic Thiem asked for the Mallorca wild card, eager to gain some form ahead of Wimbledon. The Austrian made a great start against Adrian Mannarino in the second round before injuring his right wrist while hitting a forehand! Thus, Dominic is in doubt for the season’s third Major, making a mediocre year an even worse one. Dominic produced four great holds and scored a break in the sixth game to open a 5-2 advantage. Chasing a challenging ball in the eighth game, the Austrian injured the right wrist and knew immediately it’s a serious one. Receiving the medical timeout, Thiem didn’t want to risk anything ahead of Wimbledon and retired, hoping for a miracle in the next couple of days. Following an early exit in Halle, world no. 2 Daniil Medvedev made a winning start in Mallorca with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Corentin Moutet. From 4-2 down in the opener, the Russian claimed ten of the last 12 games to march over the finish line and advance into the quarters.

Dominic Thiem experienced the right wrist injury in his first match in Mallorca.

Daniil fended off four out of five break chances and earned four return games to make a comeback and control the scoreboard to find himself in the last eight. A left-handed Frenchman fired a deep return in the second game to grab an early break and served well to forge a 4-2 advantage. Daniil pulled the break back in game seven and gained momentum that carried him towards another return game at 4-4 thanks to a forehand down the line winner. Serving for the set, Medvedev landed a service winner in game ten for 6-4 and a boost ahead of set number two.

Medvedev secured two breaks in set number two in games five and seven and prevailed at 5-2 after fending off three break chances to find himself in the quarter-final, his fifth in a career on grass. The Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez became the tenth active player with 500 ATP wins after a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 win over Karen Khachanov in an hour and 50 minutes. Lopez started all over in set number two, serving well and producing two breaks for momentum ahead of the decider. They traded breaks in games three and four in the final set, and Lopez barely lost a point on serve after that to keep the pressure on the other side. Karen couldn’t endure it and suffered a break in game ten to propel the home player into the quarters. 

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