The World’s No.1 Rafael Nadal retired hurt during his quarterfinal match against Marin Cilic after a dominant lead in first three sets. Down the fourth set after a 1-4 score, Nadal took a medical time-out but he was seen not in his perfect moves as the fourth set was grabbed by Cilic.
Having not being able to bear the pain, Nadal finally headed over to the chair umpire and informed him of his retirement from the match. He shook hands with Cilic and congratulated him on his advancement to the semi-final round. The contest ended with a score of 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 2-0.
Nadal felt that authorities needed to do something about the playing surfaces.
“It’s not the right moment to say for me, but somebody who is running the tour should think a little bit about what’s going on. Too many people getting injured. There is life after tennis, so I don’t know if we keep playing in these very, very hard surfaces what is going to happen in the future with our lives,” Nadal said.
Cilic will face Kyle Edmund in his semi-final match. Kyle is through to the semi-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career.