With ferrer, cuevas, nishi out, it would be a travesty for thiem not to win this, cause for a 500 this is now an absolute joke of a tournament.
Knowing his recent form, I won't be surprised if he gets knocked out as well early on though.
Still, without a doubt his absolute best chance to gain enough point to stay in the top 10
Never take anything for granted, just learn with some Nishikori fans who were already counting with 750 points in the golden swing.
Thiem IS the favorite for this tournament, but he's not in top form, so it's not a given by any means. He should easily beat Lajovic, but then I can see the QF against Delbonis or Schwartzman as a complicated match, let alone the SF against Fognini if he gets there.