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Thiemo not in definitive squad

Thiemo does not belong to the definitive Dutch Davis Cup squad for the upcoming tie against South Africa in Potchefstroom. Captain Jan Siemerink prefers Robin Haase and Thomas Schoorel to appear in the singles. Jesse Huta Galung and Igor Sijsling play doubles.

Lacking match rhythm of Thiemo seems to be decisive in Siemerink’s formation of the line-up. “I can live with it, but it is still a bummer”, shows the world number 100 his disappointment after he heard the news on Thursday. “Playing matches and having a stable rhythm is everything.”

Haase (ATP-53) opens the battle against Rik de Voest (129) on the North West University hardcourt of Potchefstroom on Friday. Schoorel and South Africa’s number one Kevin Anderson (35) play the second match. Huta Galung and Sijsling take on Wesley Moodie and Izak van der Merwe on Saturday.

The singles matches on Friday and Sunday will start in the early morning (9:45 Dutch time) because it gets dark early in Potchefstroom. The Saturday doubles match has been scheduled at noon.