Japan’s number one men’s tennis player Kei Nishikori was forced to retire from his second round match at the Delray Beach Open as he experienced pain on his left hip flexor. He was disappointed at not being able to continue at the tournament just a few days after winning his fourth ATP career title in Memphis.
His opponent, Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili, was up 4-2 in the first set, when the world number 15 decided he could not continue anymore due to the nagging pain in his hip. Even though he wanted to continue playing, he later told reporters that the pain was just too much and he was not at 100%. “I couldn’t do anything today. It’s going to take some time to recover. It’s shocking this happened, especially since I’ve been playing well,” he said. He also announced later on that he was withdrawing from the tournament next week in Acapulco to give himself time to recover from this latest setback.
Just last Sunday, Nishikori successfully defended his U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships by defeating Croatian Ivo Karlovic 6-4, 7-6 (0). It was his fourth ATP title and second championship this year after winning the Kooyong Classic, a tune-up tournament leading to the Australian Open last month. He won $103,100 in prize money and 250 points for the ATP Tour, which will be good in his bid to finally break into the Top 10 this year.
[ via Yahoo Sports ]
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