Novak Djokovic was forced to retire in the quarter-finals of the Dubai Duty Free Championships after the world No1 lost the first set to Feliciano López.
Djokovic loses the first match in 2016 because of eyes’s trouble
Saturday, 27 February 2016 03:35
Djokovic called for the ATP trainer while trailing 1-2. He kept pointing to his face as he spoke to the trainer, but eventually got up to play.
However, he quit the match after the Spaniard closed out the set 6-3.
Lopez said Djokovic told him that he had an eye infection "since a few days already."
Djokovic's retirement means this will be the first tournament in more than a year where he hasn't reached the final.
Lopez will play unseeded Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus in the semifinals. Baghdatis upset fourth-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain 7-5, 6-0 in the quarterfinals.
Friday’s semi-final will be the first contest between the pair since their infamous match in Montreal last August, when on-court microphones recorded the Australian Kyrgios walking to the net and saying: “Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend. Sorry to tell you that mate” – an apparent reference to Kyrgios’s Davis Cup team-mate Thanasi Kokkinakis.
Kyrgios subsequently apologised for the comments, which he described as “unacceptable on many levels” and was given a fine and 28-day ban by the ATP. The ban was suspended for six months and Wednesday marked the end of that period.