Australian Open: Novak Djokovic advances to semis after Kei Nishikori retires hurt

first_imgIt was a disappointing end to a fighting campaign from Kei Nishikori while Novak Djokovic advanced into the semi-finals all fresh after a victory over Kei Nishikori. Nishikori retired with a right thigh problem while trailing 1-6, 1-4 in the quarter-final of the Australian Open at the Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday.Nishikori has spent over 13 hours on court prior to this match but none saw this coming. Djokovic had also come into the match at the back of a physical four-set victory against Daniil Medvedev in the fourth round.Even though Djokovic was sorry for Nishikori and the crowd for not having a full match, he joked that “this is what the doctor orderer”. Djokovic’s next opponent will be France’s Lucas Pouille.Pouille, just prior to Djokovic’s match, defeated Milos Raonic 7-6(4), 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-4 in three hours and two minutes. Considering how long his opponent played on Wednesday, Djokovic would cherish the relief to his body was afforded in the quarter-final. Kei Nishikori received treatment on his right knee after the 1st set loss to Novak Djokovic. (Reuters Photo)Djokovic came into the match with a bang on attitude and managed to break Nishikori right away. Nishikori fought and fought but Djokovic was just too strong.Nishikori even took a medical time-out after the first set loss with the trainer massaging his right thigh. Nishikori got his thigh tightly strapped but the effect lasted only for a while before he lost his movement again.Djokovic got through Nishikori’s serve once more and the Japanese decided that the pain was too much.advertisementBye for now, @keinishikori.We hope to see you next year!#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 23, 2019Djokovic is a 6-time champion in Melbourne and will be looking for a record 7th Australian Open title.Also Read | Karolina Pliskova shocks Serena Williams to enter semi-finalsAlso Read | I didn’t choke on match points, Pliskova played her best tennis: Serena WilliamsAlso Read | Watch how an insect scared Naomi Osaka during Australian Open quarters winlast_img

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