/Tennis: Seventh seed Thiem retires hurt, Popyrin advances

Tennis: Seventh seed Thiem retires hurt, Popyrin advances

Tennis – Australian Open – Second Round – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 17, 2019. Australia’s Alexei Popyrin poses for a photo with fans after winning the match against Austria’s Dominic Thiem. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Seventh seed Dominic Thiem’s Australian Open campaign came to a premature end with the Austrian retiring hurt in his second round clash against wildcard Alexei Popyrin on Thursday.

Thiem appeared frustrated during the match, smashing one of his racquets, as he trailed 7-5 6-4 2-0 before retiring.

Local favourite Popyrin will play the winner of Lucas Pouille and Maximilian Marterer in the third round.

Reporting by Jonathan Barrett in Melbourne; editing by Amlan Chakraborty

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