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Dominic Thiem advances at Winston-Salem after top seed retires

May 30, 2021; Paris, France; Dominic Thiem (AUT) in action during his match against Pablo Andujar (ESP) at Roland Garros Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

Austrian wild card Dominic Thiem advanced to the Round of 16 at the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Open when No. 1 seed Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria retired while leading their second-round match 6-0, 2-4 on Tuesday.

Dimitrov reportedly was struggling with his breathing during the second set and could not serve to start the seventh game. Before he retired, he had won 25 of 32 first-service points (78.1 percent), saved three of four break points and converted three of four break-point opportunities against Thiem, the former world No. 3.

Frenchman Richard Gasquet took down Italian fifth seed Lorenzo Musetti 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-1 as part of a string of upsets. Gasquet’s countryman Adrian Mannarino knocked off No. 9 seed Emil Ruusuvuori of Finland 6-4, 6-1, American Steve Johnson beat Spanish 12th seed Pedro Martinez 7-6 (2), 6-2 and Serbia’s Laslo Djere rallied to top Portuguese 16th seed Joao Sousa 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5) in two hours and 48 minutes.

Other early winners included fourth-seeded American Maxime Cressy, No. 8 seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain, No. 10 seed Benjamin Bonzi of France, No. 11 seed Ilya Ivashka of Belarus and Australian qualifier Jason Kubler.

Five matches had yet to be completed Tuesday night, including No. 2 seed Botic van de Zandschulp’s against fellow Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor.

–Field Level Media