"Winning this way is not so cool" - Mannarino on win over Thiem following the Austrian's injury
After trailing 0-8 in ATP head-to-head meetings, Adrian Mannarino finally got a win over Dominic Thiem although it occurred after the World No.5 was forced to retire due to a right wrist injury at the Mallorca Championships.
The Frenchman was trailing 2-5 in the first set, when Thiem struck a forehand and appeared to injure his right wrist. Despite taking a medical timeout, the Austrian was unable to continue and conceded the match to Mannarino.
“It’s nice for me to be in the quarter-finals, but winning this way is not so cool. I really like Dominic, he’s such a nice guy and I hope he will be feeling better soon,” Mannarino said after the match. “I hope it is not so serious, especially right before Wimbledon."
This was the pair's first meeting on grass, with Thiem participating in his first grass-court event since Wimbledon in 2019.
"I’ve never beat him in the past and obviously he was leading in the scoreboard," admitted Mannarino. "I think I was playing okay until Dominic had to stop. I hope he is going to be okay and that I can make a good result here.”
The French veteran next faces Feliciano Lopez, as the Spaniard recorded his 500th career ATP match win to advance to the quarterfinals.