Dominic Thiem will not challenge Rafael Nadal in Abu Dhabi, needing more time to..

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Dominic Thiem will not challenge Rafael Nadal in Abu Dhabi, needing more time to..

Former US Open champion Dominic Thiem will not return to action this week at the 13th edition of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi. The Austrian needs more time to recover from a wrist injury that has bothered him since June.

Thus, Dominic will not face Andy Murray in the quarter-final and set a possible semi-final clash against Rafael Nadal, hoping to get ready in a couple of weeks and compete at the ATP Cup. Thiem had a terrible season, never feeling well on the court and dealing with injuries to make things even worse.

Last September, Dominic claimed the first Major title in New York, coming from two sets to love down against Alexander Zverev to achieve his dreams at 27. Instead of building on that, the Austrian made a terrible start of 2021, sick and tired of all the bubbles and restrictions.

He lost in the Australian Open fourth round and suffered early losses in Doha and Dubai, desperate for a break from tennis. The Austrian returned two months later in Madrid, reaching the semi-final before dropping four of the last five matches on his favorite surface.

From two sets to love up against Pablo Andujar, Dominic experienced a tough Roland Garros defeat in the opening round to lose confidence. Thiem asked for the Mallorca wild card, eager to gain some form ahead of Wimbledon. The Austrian made a great start against Adrian Mannarino in the second round before experiencing a severe injury.

Dominic Thiem withdrew from the Mubadala World Tennis Championship.

Chasing a challenging ball in the eighth game, the Austrian injured the right wrist while hitting a forehand. Receiving the medical timeout, Thiem did not want to risk anything ahead of Wimbledon and retired, hoping for a miracle in the next couple of days but skipping the season's third Major.

The Austrian returned to the practice court, working on physical strength and hitting the ball with his left arm. In August, Dominic started to feel the pain in his wrist again after hitting one ball, seeing the doctors immediately and deciding to close the season and get back at 100% ahead of the next one.

"I was looking forward to making my return to competition at Abu Dhabi, but I feel that I'm not ready to play at the highest level. I'm disappointed not to take part this year, but I have to continue preparing for the new season. I hope to return to Mubadala World Tennis Championship at some point in the future," Dominic Thiem said.