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Istomin has to retire

19.08.2010 | Tennis

Roger advanced into the round of the last sixteen in Cininnati as his opponent, qualifier Denis Istomin, had to retire at 5-2.


"If there is a right timing for this, it's now, I guess," Roger said. "It gives me an extra day to get into it. From that standpoint, it's good."


Istomin hurt his right foot and ankle during a rally and had to quit the match after only 28 minutes. Roger controlled the match and had a 5-2 lead when Istomin pulled up and sat down in the corner of the court, removing his shoe. He got the foot and ankle taped, but couldn't put much weight on the leg and decided to retire.

Roger certainly welcomed the easy night coming off his finals match in Toronto but was obviously also sorry for his opponent's injury.


Roger will now meet Germany's Phlipp Kohlschreiber.

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08/19/2010 | 01:31 PM
Sorry for Istomin, champ!!!!
Come on, #1!!!!!!!!
08/19/2010 | 01:18 PM
I felt really sad for Istomin... Poor guy... had to retire in such conditions... But really happy for Rog... Loved your dominancy from the start of the match! You were great Rog... Mashallah! Good Luck in the 3rd round against Kohls
08/19/2010 | 01:12 PM
I agree with Avava

Yours to take, then on to win the US Open!
08/19/2010 | 01:07 PM
Istomin has retire.But,for 28 minutes,you played great.I just love that forehand.Anyway,good luck with Kohlshreiber and win the tournament!:]
08/19/2010 | 12:58 PM
Such a shame DI had to retire but as you say, Roger, it was a nice warm up... peRFect session to get into the tournament.

Hope today's match is fun.. be careful of PK, he will have picked up on things in training en Suisse.. no doubt!!!!

Good luck
08/19/2010 | 12:48 PM
Dear Roger,

Shame Istomin had to retire. However, it gives you an extra day to rest. Good luck in the next round against Kohlschreiber. Take care.

Love From Christinexx
08/19/2010 | 12:25 PM
you are the best and you must confirm that...Go Roger...from BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
08/19/2010 | 12:00 PM
Shame Denis was injured but it turned out to be a nice (I hope) warmup for your tough week ahead. They seem to be scheduling too many matches on centre court at Cincy so far. All the best for your next match and the next ........Lots of love, Wendy xx
08/19/2010 | 11:59 AM
Good luck to u roger i hope all the best wishes .
08/19/2010 | 11:58 AM
Sorry for Daniel
But happy for the extra rest you get after Toronto

All the Best for the next match against the German!