The news out of Mallorca for Dominic Thiem fans, is not good with the Austrian having to retire with a wrist injury while leading 5-2 against Adrian Mannarino of France in their second-round match at the inaugural Mallorca Championships being held on the courts of the Santa Ponsa Tennis Academy.
The results weren’t that clear and I have decided to go to Barcelona to check with a specialist Dominic Thiem
The world No. 4 has subsequently undergone an MRI scan of the wrist and announced on Twitter: “Yesterday during the match I had a problem with my wrist.
“I went immediately to do an MRI at the hospital in Palma de Mallorca. The results weren’t that clear and I have decided to go to Barcelona to check with a specialist.”
Ever since he won the US Open last September, Thiem has been unfortunate with a poor run of results and several injury problems and this latest set-back could well prevent him from playing Wimbledon which starts on Monday.
Meanwhile the popular Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez has reached a significant career milestone following his second-round win to join a select number of players to record 500 victories during their playing lifetimes.
“More than the 500 wins! The important thing to me is the chance to keep playing in these kinds of tournaments and to keep being competitive,” Lopez told the ATPTour.com website.
“I didn’t expect to be able to play at the level I am on the ATP tour at 40 years of age, which I will be in September.”
Lopez achieved his 500th career win by downing Russia’s Karen Khachanov 4-6 6-2 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals and becomes the 54th player to reach that milestone on the tour, and the 10th active player to do so.
“Recent years have been very good to me,” Lopez expressed. “Playing until this age was unexpected, being able to keep winning matches on tour and, above all, to be enjoying the moment.
“But it is true that winning 500 matches is something not so many players have done.”
His fellow countryman, third seeded Roberto Bautista Agut secured his spot in the last eight with a 6-3 7-5 win over Italy’s Stefano Travaglia after 86-minutes thanks to a break in each set.
He will now face the big serving American, Sam Querrey, who was given a walkover by the Halle champion from France, Ugo Humbert, who withdrew from the match with abdominal problems.
“It’s nice to start in Spain and play with a lot of crowd. Hopefully with a lot of crowd. Hopefully I can play many more matches here because I really enjoyed tonight”, Bautista Agut said.
Another Spaniard, the 4th seeded Pablo Carreno Busta broke twice and fired nine aces in his 6-4 6-4 win over the Czech Jiri Vesely.
“I played against him in Australia this year and I won in four sets. Today I didn’t lose a set, but of course it was a tough match”, said Pablo Carreno Busta who next faces Australia’s Jordan Thompson, who reached the quarter finals with a 6-4 6-4 win over qualifier Lukas Klein.