Qualifier in opening round Manerbio

Thiemo meets a qualifier in the first round of Manerbio, according to the draw on Saturday. It is the second time the Dutchman plays the Italian challenger event after being eliminated in the quarterfinals in 2008.

In the meantime, direct entry for the US Open main draw has become closer for Thiemo. He currently holds the number one spot on the alternate list for Flushing Meadows after Tommy Robredo and Sam Querrey officially withdrew from the fourth Grand Slam tourney of the year.