Kooyong Classic Hit By Injury ListWednesday, January 9th, 2013
Having won the Chennai Open in India only three days ago, World No. 9, Janko Tipsarevic became the third player in 24 hours to pull out of the already small, eight-man field in the Kooyong Classic Exhibition. Tipsarevic had complained of a wrist injury that was affecting him and with the impending Australian Open only days away, the Serbian was not prepared to take any risks to further worsen any problems before the first major of the season.
World No. 18 Kei Nishikori decided to withdraw earlier this week as he was unable to overcome a knee injury that had previously forced him to forfeit his Brisbane Semi-Final place last week.
The first casualty of the Kooyong was Argentinian, World No. 12 Juan Monaco who had complained of a hand injury, however only decided to remove himself from the line-up on the strict advice of doctors.
Aside from the injury list, this warm up event has been well received as players and spectators settle themselves for the long and arduous trek around the planet following the respective tours and prepare for the first monumental event, the Australian Open.
Former world No.1, Lleyton Hewitt advanced to a semi-final clash with Tomas Berdych after dispatching Canadian, Milos Raonic. Hewitt, 31, is preparing to join the field at the Australian Open for the 17th time having threatened to retire from the sport towards the end of last season.
Berdych beat Croatia’s, Ivan Dodig, who was Nishikori’s replacement, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.
In the other semi-final, 2009 US Open champion, Juan Martin del Potro took down Paul-Henri Mathieu, who replaced Juan Monaco, to set up a clash with Marcos Baghdatis who was in a comfortable lead against Tipsarevic before the Serbian retired.
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