Dominic Thiem reveals persistent battles with blisters was behind his meek Vienna Open exit on Friday.
Thiem was the defending champion in the tournament, but visibly waned in his quarterfinal defeat to Andrey Rublev.
He could be seen fiddling with his right foot between points, and even removed his shoes during changeovers.
He though, says it was not an injury issue, but a problem that has plagued him often during the indoor hardcourt season, and it may put him out of the upcoming Paris Masters too.
“I have had problems since the 1st round,” Thiem said.
“The shoes have improved massively over the years and are perfect right now, but the indoor season is still very tough for me.
“I’m not sure whether I’ll play in Paris or not. I’ll decide today or tomorrow.”
For Rublev, though, he is now the highest ranked player in the tournament and big favourite to win a fifth title of 2020.
“I came here with zero expectations, just wanting to do my best and try to fight every match,” he said
“At the end, I am here in the semi-finals.
“My feeling when going on court against Dominic is that I have nothing to lose. He is one of the nicest guys on tour.”
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