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Rublev ends former finalist Thiem’s Australian Open

Melbourne: The 2020 finalist Dominic Thiem’s Australian Open ended within the first spherical on Tuesday, with the previous world quantity three crashing out to fifth seed Andrey Rublev in a setback on his return from damage.

Whereas Russia’s Rublev held a transparent benefit by way of present rating, Thiem had a far higher Grand Slam pedigree because the US Open champion in 2020. He’s additionally a two-time finalist at Roland Garros.

However the Austrian, ranked 98, was outplayed in 36 Celsius (96.8 Fahrenheit) warmth as he continued his return from a wrist damage which stored him off court docket for 9 months throughout the 2021 and 2022 seasons.

Rublev banked a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win on John Cain Area — his first of the 12 months after two defeats in warm-up occasions, with both Australia’s Max Purcell or Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori his subsequent opponent.

“To start with I’m comfortable that I used to be in a position to get by in straight units. It was tremendous scorching at the moment so comfortable I can avoid wasting power for future matches,” stated Rublev, who reached the quarter-finals at Melbourne in 2021 and received 4 titles final 12 months.

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