Nadal retires from Australian Open as Cilic set up Edmund clash

The world No.1 was distraught post-match, claiming his latest injury was "really tough to accept" before urging officials to consider why so many top players have been battling injuries.

His exploits will see him rise to around 25 when the new world rankings come out next week.

"Can be very happy with the way I've gone about things".

For Wozniacki, it's her first Grand Slam final outside of America.

I went to the casino here, won a couple hundred dollars.

"In this tournament [it] already happened a couple of times in my life, so it's really, I don't want to say frustration, but [it] is really tough to accept", Nadal said.

It was only the second time the world number one has retired in over 250 grand slam matches, his last, coincidentally, during the 2010 quarter-finals against Andy Murray.

The Brit took a medical timeout before venting his fury at the chair umpire, who refused to replay a point after Cilic succeeded with a challenge when his serve landed in, Edmund arguing that an "out" call came as he struck the return wide. I don't play that much.

Angelique Kerber thrashes Maria Sharapova to reach fourth round
For Sharapova , who is looking to rediscover her best on her way back from a 15-month drugs ban, it is back to the drawing board. A 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 loss to No. 97-ranked Tennys Sandgren in the second round was his earliest exit in a decade at Melbourne Park.

After dropping the first set, things looked grim when he double-faulted to go down a break in the second but he roared through four consecutive games in a stunning turnaround.

The Croatian, the US Open champion in 2014 and runner-up at Wimbledon previous year, will play either the man who beat him at SW19, Roger Federer, or young Korean Chung Hyeon.

"But for me it's great to again be in the final, giving myself another opportunity to win a Grand Slam".

"I'm playing much, much more aggressive", said Cilic. This year, he managed to remain in the event after missing his usual tune-up events due to lingering knee pain last fall, only to suffer a separate ailment once in the tournament.

Harsh, I know, but if part of the job is putting your body through extreme physical stress, then that is what you have to do to be successful.

"I had. one incredible experience in a final and one not so incredible", said Cilic, who beat Federer en route to his U.S. Open crown. Chung is not only the first Korean man or woman to make a Slam quarterfinal, he'll try to become just the third Asian player in a Slam final, after Li Na and Kei Nishikori.

"With Chung, I played him few times, and looking at his game, I think he has improved a lot in the last 6 to 12 months". But if I'm ready to play, I'll play.

The Spaniard's management confirmed he visited a Melbourne hospital on Wednesday for a MRI.


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