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Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Emotional Nishikori breaks down after injury exit


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An emotional Kei Nishikori has fought back tears in his post-match press conference after he was forced to retire injured only 52 minutes into his quarterfinal Australian Open blockbuster against Novak Djokovic.

Injury cruelled the Japanese eight seed once again, as he struggled through an at times hard to watch first set, going down 6-1 to the clinical World No. 1.

It appeared Nishikori was troubled by a thigh injury from the get go and things only got worse as the match progressed.

"After third game or fourth game when I was serving, I felt pretty heavy to my right leg. After that I couldn't really bend my knees and couldn't jump up," Nishikori said following the match.

"I'm sure it comes from my past matches, especially last match. I was moving a lot, waste too much energy."

After losing the first set, Nishikori took a lengthy medical timeout and had his leg strapped as he tried to continue.

Hopes were raised when he held serve to begin the second set, but it quickly became clear this was not a contest.

Djokovic rattled off the next 12 points with ease, as Nishikori opted not to even run for many of his groundstrokes.

Nishikori forced to retire with injury

With the score reading 6-1 4-1, Nishikori offered his apologies to both the Serb and the capacity crowd as he retired.

Nishikori is no stranger to injuries or retirements, having battled a string of complaints - most notably and recently a severe wrist injury - through his career.

Coming into their quarter-final, Nishikori had already spent four and a half hours longer on court at Melbourne Park than Djokovic, completing nine tiebreaks to just one.

It is the 29-year-old's first loss of the season after he claimed the Brisbane International.

- with AAP

An emotional Kei Nishikori has fought back tears in his post-match press conference after he was forced to retire injured only 52 minutes into his quarterfinal Australian Open blockbuster against Novak Djokovic.

Injury cruelled the Japanese eight seed once again, as he struggled through an at times hard to watch first set, going down 6-1 to the clinical World No. 1.

It appeared Nishikori was troubled by a thigh injury from the get go and things only got worse as the match progressed.

"After third game or fourth game when I was serving, I felt pretty heavy to my right leg. After that I couldn't really bend my knees and couldn't jump up," Nishikori said following the match.

"I'm sure it comes from my past matches, especially last match. I was moving a lot, waste too much energy."

After losing the first set, Nishikori took a lengthy medical timeout and had his leg strapped as he tried to continue.

Hopes were raised when he held serve to begin the second set, but it quickly became clear this was not a contest.

Djokovic rattled off the next 12 points with ease, as Nishikori opted not to even run for many of his groundstrokes.

Nishikori forced to retire with injury

With the score reading 6-1 4-1, Nishikori offered his apologies to both the Serb and the capacity crowd as he retired.

Nishikori is no stranger to injuries or retirements, having battled a string of complaints - most notably and recently a severe wrist injury - through his career.

Coming into their quarter-final, Nishikori had already spent four and a half hours longer on court at Melbourne Park than Djokovic, completing nine tiebreaks to just one.

It is the 29-year-old's first loss of the season after he claimed the Brisbane International.

- with AAP

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