Oz Open: Ferrer through to quarters, foot injury forces Tipsarevic to retire

Melbourne, Australia: Eighth-seeded Janko Tipsarevic retired from his fourth-round match at the Australian Open with an injured left foot while trailing Nicolas Almagro 6-2, 5-1 on Sunday.

The 10th-seeded Almagro advanced to a quarterfinal against fellow Spaniard David Ferrer, who beat Japan's Kei Nishikori in straight sets.

Tipsarevic said he injured the foot while changing directions during a rally late in the seventh game of the first set, and could barely walk on it afterward.

Fourth-seeded David Ferrer advanced to the Australian Open quarterfinals with a 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 win Sunday over an error-prone Kei Nishikori of Japan.

Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic gets treatment on his foot during his fourth round match against Spain's Nicolas Almagro at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia. AP

Ferrer will play the winner of the later Sunday match fellow Spaniard Nicholas Almagro and No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia.

Nishikori made 65 unforced errors in the match, while Ferrer made just 24.

Ferrer is playing in his 41st consecutive Grand Slam tournament — he hasn't missed a major since competing in his first at the 2003 Australian Open.

AP


Updated Date: Jan 20, 2013 13:32 PM

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