Paris, May 30: Second-seeded Novak Djokovic moved to the semi-finals of the French Open men’s singles event after his quarterfinal opponent 49th-ranked Fabio Fognini of Italy pulled out of the tournament with an injury.
“I have a little problem on my left leg, so we decided to retire. I’m not really happy now for sure, because it is one of the best tournaments of my career. But it is better like this,” The BBC quoted Fognini, as saying during a news conference at Roland Garros.
“The team, the doctor says if I play tomorrow it may be dangerous, so I decided to retire,” he added.
The withdrawal means Djokovic, who has won 41 straight matches since the start of the year, can equal American legend John McEnroe’s record of 42 straight wins if he reaches the finals.
The 24-year-old has won seven consecutive tournaments, including the Australian Open, Dubai, Indian Wells Masters, Miami Masters, Serbia Open, Madrid Masters, and the Rome Masters. (ANI)