Ferrer's last Slam ends with injury against Nadal at US Open

Virginia Santiago
August 29, 2018

"It's sad to see him finish like this but he deserves everything because he's a fantastic player". We shared awesome moments together playing French Open finals, a couple of Davis Cup finals.

Rafael Nadal of Spain hits to David Ferrer of Spain in a first round match on day one of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. "He's a great person and great player".

Before then, Nadal must beat Canada's Vasek Pospisil, ranked 88th, in the second round on Wednesday.

Playing his his first 5-set match in over a year, Andy Murray overcame a set down to deny James Duckworth 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-5, 6-3. That's life. Yeah, he deserved a better finish on a Grand Slam.

The Swiss won his third slam title here two years ago but was unable to defend it after undergoing knee surgery from which he has struggled to recover.

Ferrer, the 36-year-old former world number three, will retire after playing in Barcelona or Madrid next year, but says this will be his final Grand Slam.

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Murray, the 2012 champion in NY and playing just his fifth tournament of the year after undergoing hip surgery in January, last featured in a Major at Wimbledon in 2017. The Brit will face Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, the 31st seed.

He called the doctor during the second set and trailed by a break in the third but took advantage of the tournament's new extreme heat rule for the men, allowing a 10-minute break between the third and fourth sets, and returned to the court refreshed.

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The two are longtime friends, even winning the 2015 US Open boys' doubles title together, and Shapovalov stayed with Auger-Aliassime and his family during the 2017 Rogers Cup.

But he showed no sign of rustiness on Monday, defeating eighth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria for the second successive grand slam.

Wawrinka swept to a 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 victory to repeat his opening round triumph over Dimitrov at Wimbledon.

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"Finally I chose to retire because it's worse to play and break it, break everything", Ferrer said.

Wawrinka, the former world No. 3, now down at 101, shrugged off having to take a medical time-out early in the third set.

Kevin Anderson rallied to outlast Ryan Harrison in five sets to win his first match at the U.S. Open since last year's final.

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Tsitsipas, 20, made the Toronto Masters final this month seeing off the likes of Djokovic and Alexander Zverev on the way before losing to Nadal.

The 32-year-old is almost 3,000 points clear of nearest rival Federer in the ATP Rankings but has to triumph in NY in order to maintain the gap and avoid dropping closer to his competitors.

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