Thiem Withdraws Due to Food Poisoning: Ruud and Bublik Advance to Semi-Finals

“Unfortunately I’m suffering from food poisoning today and, despite all my efforts, I can’t go on the pitch,” said Dominic Thiem, explaining his withdrawal from the tournament.

Norwegian talent Nicolai Budkov Kjaer continued to play for the Austrian. The 17-year-old lost his match against Casper Ruud 0:3 (9:16, 13:14, 13:14).

“I haven’t felt well in the last few days and I won’t be able to perform satisfactorily this evening,” said Holger Rune, explaining his departure.

The upcoming match against Alexander Bublik was canceled without replacement.

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It is therefore clear that Ruud and Bublik will make it to the semi-finals in Group A.

Rublev dominates Group B

In Group B, Andrey Rublev achieved his third win with a 3-1 (18:14, 15:18, 20:9, 17:11) against Lucas Pouille, meaning the Russian won the group comfortably.

Behind him was Alex de Minaur, who prevailed 3:2 (15:19, 15:16, 19:11, 14:13, 2:0) against Benoît Paire.

Ruud in the semi-final against de Minaur

The competition, which is played using modified tennis rules, initially consists of a group phase. The top two from Group A (Holger Rune, Aleksander Bublik, Casper Ruud, Dominic Thiem) and Group B (Andrey Rublev, Alex de Minaur, Lucas Pouille, Benoît Paire) reach the semi-finals.

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The round of the last four will take place on Sunday – as will the final (live and on-demand on discovery+). Ruud and de Minaur as well as Rublev and Bublik face each other in the semi-finals.

The tournament prize money is 1.665 million US dollars (approx. 1.540 million euros). If a player wins all matches on the way to the title, he will collect 421,800 US dollars (approx. 391,000 euros).

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2024-02-10 20:06:00
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