Australian Open: Djokovic through to semis as Nishikori retires

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic reached the semifinals of the Australian Open for a seventh time. Reuters

Melbourne: Novak Djokovic reached the semifinals of the Australian Open for a seventh time on Wednesday after eighth seed Kei Nishikori retired hurt when trailing 6-1, 4-1 in their quarterfinal.

Top seed and six-time champion Djokovic will meet Frenchman Lucas Pouille, a maiden Grand Slam semifinalist, on Friday for a place in Sunday's final.

Rafael Nadal and Greek wunderkind Stefanos Tsitsipas will meet in the other semifinal on Thursday.

Nishikori, who survived three five-set matches at the tournament, was clearly struggling after a handful of games in the evening match at Rod Laver Arena and had a medical time-out after losing the first set.

He grimaced as a trainer worked on his right thigh and pulled out of the match after Djokovic won the fifth game.

Tame end
The wear and tear of having played three five-set matches in the tournament took its toll on Kei Nishikori. Reuters

Although appearing untroubled by any injury niggles, Djokovic was grateful for the short match, having complained of a sore back and a "couple of issues" after battling through a taxing four-set clash with Russian Daniil Medvedev in the previous round.

"As they say this is exactly what the doctor ordered," he told Jim Courier in their on-court interview.

"I've had plenty of matches so far this year .. And I'll do everything to get ready for that (next) one."

Read more Tennis News

The comments posted here/below/in the given space are not on behalf of Onmanorama. The person posting the comment will be in sole ownership of its responsibility. According to the central government's IT rules, obscene or offensive statement made against a person, religion, community or nation is a punishable offense, and legal action would be taken against people who indulge in such activities.