Dominic Thiem has withdrawn from the Cincinnati's Western & Southern Open. The Austrian player is still dealing with an illness and he won't play the seventh Masters 1000 of the year. Thiem was among the top eight seeds and so he got a Bye in the first round.
He will be replaced by the lucky loser Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. In the second round the Spaniard will face Marton Fucsovics, who defeated Hubert Hurkacz in the third set tie-break. Both for Garcia-Lopez and Fucsovics is a great chance to reach the third round and eventually face Kei Nishikori or Stan Wawrinka in the third round.
The Swiss Roger Federer is the only seed left in his quarter, and so he may potentially have an easier match on the paper. Thiem was defending 180 points in Cincinnati as result of his last year's quarter-finals. He will drop to the ninth place if the Serb Novak Djokovic beats the Frenchman Adrian Mannarino on Wednesday, or alternatively it will be filled by David Goffin, who opened his campaign beating the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, if the Belgian reaches the final.
It has been a poor season for Thiem after reaching the French Open final, as the 24-year-old withdrew from his first round match at Wimbledon against Marcos Baghdatis due to a back injury and then lost early both in Hamburg and Kitzbuhel on clay.
Thiem will head into the US Open with zero matches won on the American hard-courts, as in Toronto he lost to Tsitsipas. Thiem is going to have a busy end of the season playing US Open, Davis Cup, St. Petersburg, Asian swing and European hard-court events.