Thiem withdraws from Argentina Open in Buenos Aires

andrew hendrie:

Dominic Thiem has announced his withdrawal from next week’s ATP 250 Argentina Open in Buenos Aires.

After finishing runner-up to Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open on Sunday night, Thiem says he needs to rest before switching surfaces and returning to action in South America.

The Austrian still plans to play the ATP 500 Rio Open later this month, but unfortunately the Argentina Open, which begins on February 10, came too soon.

“I had a great journey to Australia, but because of this I have to pull out of Buenos Aires,” Thiem said in a video recorded by the tournament.

“I’m really tired, I need some rest and to not put the other parts of the season in danger. It’s one of my favourite tournaments, I’ve won it twice and I will definitely be back.”

Dominic Thiem (Photo by Jason Heidrich/Icon Sportswire) (Credit Image: © Jason Heidrich/Icon SMI via ZUMA Press)

Thiem beat Rafael Nadal on his way to the Argentina Open title in 2016 and defeated Gael Monfils en route to the silverware for the second time in 2018.

Given he’s been criticised for over-scheduling for much of his career, it’s a wise decision from Thiem to pull out of Buenos Aires.

The World No. 4 put together the best hardcourt slam of his career at the Australian Open, conquering Nadal and Alexander Zverev in four sets to make the final, where he went down in five sets to Djokovic.

Thiem appeared to be in control as he took a two-sets-to-one lead and Djokovic went off court after viability struggling with his fitness, but the Serbian – as he so often does – mounted a superb comeback to win his eighth Australian Open in five sets.

Thiem is next scheduled to play the 500-level Rio Open, which begins on February 17.