Cilic into quarter-finals as injured Nishikori quits

Mon Jul 4, 2016 11:46am EDT
Email This Article |
Share This Article
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
| Print This Article | Single Page
[-] Text [+]

By Pritha Sarkar

LONDON (Reuters) - Marin Cilic reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the third year running after Kei Nishikori quit with a rib injury midway through their fourth-round match on Monday.

Nishikori was trailing 6-1 5-1 when he decided to follow the advice of his coach Michael Chang, who could be heard saying "Don't push it, it's not worth it."

The Japanese fifth seed, who swallowed a pill given by the trainer at the previous change of ends, shook his head at the umpire to indicate he could no longer continue before going up to Cilic to shake hands.

While the Croatian ninth seed looked forward to a quarter-final with seven-times champion Roger Federer, a dejected Nishikori was left to reflect on how injury scuppered his Wimbledon dreams for the second year in a row.

"It was too much pain I could not really compete today. Every point I played it got worse. I did not want to but I had to retire," Nishikori, who withdrew from last year's tournament with a calf strain, told reporters.

Cilic's serving was on fire during the first set as he blasted down 12 aces, including four in the first game, and dropped only two points on serve.

He won 26 out of 33 points contested as Nishikori surrendered the set in only 16 minutes.

The 2014 U.S. Open champion, who beat his Japanese rival in Flushing Meadows to win his only grand slam title, could not keep up the same intensity in the second set as Nishikori broke back to level at 1-1.   Continued...

Britain Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England - 4/7/16 Croatia's Marin Cilic in action against Japan's Kei Nishikori REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth