Dominic Thiem retires from Cincinnati with illness

CINCINNATI: Dominic Thiem has withdrawn from the Cincinnati Masters After detecting a virus, world number four announced on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old said the disease had weakened his strength, leaving him with no choice but to rest and resume training before the start of the US Open on August 26.

In Montreal (last week) I thought I had a cold, said the Austrian. But yesterday it became a fever.

The smart thing is not to risk the US Open and the rest of the season, I need to recover and there are still 12 days left before I start in New York.

Thiem's ​​withdrawal leaves the bottom half of the box wide open after Toronto winner Rafael Nadal also retired from Cincinnati, the last major set-up before the final Grand Slam of the season.

The top favorite, Novak Djokovic, and number three, Roger Federer, are in the upper half.