Dizzy Nadal retires in Florida heat, Murray moves on

Sat Mar 26, 2016 11:21pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Spaniard Rafa Nadal retired from his second-round match at the Miami Open on Saturday due to a bout of dizziness, while Andy Murray advanced despite blowing hit top at an umpire after finding a women's ball among those he was using.

Sporadic boos broke out when 14-times grand slam champion Nadal decided he could not continue in the third set after feeling ill in typically humid conditions in south Florida.

Nadal trailed 94th-ranked Damir Dzumhur 2-6 6-4 3-0, with the Bosnian 30-15 up on serve, when he called it a day. It was the first time Nadal had quit during a match since a quarter-final against Murray at the 2010 Australian Open.

"Everything was fine until the end of the first set," Nadal said. "Then I started to feel dizzy, not very good. It was getting worse and worse.

"I wanted to finish the match, but I seriously could not. It was tough, because I felt I was playing well. I stopped because I was concerned for my health."

Nadal twice called for a trainer, and had his blood pressure checked on the second occasion, but resumed play both times after a short break.

Dzumhur was also affected by the heat early in the match and was the first to call a trainer, but he battled on and after a poor first set eventually gained control to post his first career victory against a world top-10 player.

In the night session, Briton Murray had a heated exchange with the chair umpire en route to a 6-3 7-5 victory over Uzbek Denis Istomin.

Murray faced break point at 2-2 in the second set when he noticed that a women's ball had somehow got into the mix. Women use different balls at the Miami Open, and they have a red stamping to differentiate them.   Continued...

Mar 26, 2016; Key Biscayne, FL, USA; Rafael Nadal perspires while preparing to serve against Damir Dzumhur (not pictured) on day five of the Miami Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center. Nadal eventually retired and Dzumhur won 2-6, 6-4, 3-0 (ret.). Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports