Melbourne - Dominic Thiem withdrew from a scheduled match at
the Kooyong Classic on Thursday as he recovers from a virus, disrupting the
world number five's build-up to the Australian Open.
The Austrian played at the Grand Slam tune-up event on
Wednesday, losing in straight sets to Novak Djokovic.
He had arrived late in Melbourne from Doha after pulling out
prior to last weekend's Qatar Open semi-final with Gael Monfils after
contracting a virus.
Thiem was bed-ridden before flying to Australia, but said
after facing Djokovic that he felt fine and was over his illness.
"I'm free of fever and healthy again," he insisted
He has been replaced at Kooyong by Russian rising star
Andrey Rublev, the losing finalist in Doha to Monfils.