Djokovic into French Open semis as Fognini pulls out
Second seed Novak Djokovic was handed a place in the French Open semi-finals today when scheduled last eight opponent Fabio Fognini was forced out of the tournament with an injury.india Updated: May 30, 2011 15:48 IST
Second seed Novak Djokovic was handed a place in the French Open semi-finals on Monday when scheduled last eight opponent Fabio Fognini was forced out of the tournament with an injury.
The 24-year-old Italian, who had been due to play his first career Grand Slam quarter-final, injured his left thigh in his marathon five-set fourth-round win over Albert Montanes on Sunday.
"It's the most difficult decision I have made. It was my first Grand Slam," said Fognini, the first Italian man to reach the last eight in Paris since Renzo Furlan in 1995.
"I was crying last night. But I had the treatment and I decided to retire. I had another scan this morning and we knew that to play would aggravate the injury to the left thigh. But this is sport, this is tennis."
Djokovic will have to wait to discover his semi-final opponent.
Gael Monfils and David Ferrer have yet to complete their last-16 match, which was suspended on Sunday evening, with the winner of that match to face Roger Federer in the quarter-finals.
The eventual winner of that tie will face the Serb world number two for a place in the final.