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Novak Djokovic reacts to Daniil Medvedev being forced to retire their match

Novak Djokovic said he was sad to see Daniil Medvedev being forced to retire their Astana Open semifinal match. After Djokovic won the second set, Medvedev approached him at the net and told him that he was retiring due to a leg injury.

“I really hope that his injury is nothing too serious. I know Daniil, he’s a great guy, he’s a fighter, he’s a big competitor. He wouldn’t retire a match if he didn’t feel that he [could] continue or [if it wouldn’t] worsen his injury.

He told me that he pulled an adductor muscle in his leg. It was such a close match, particularly in the second set. I would probably say he was a better player on the court in both sets. I was fighting and trying to find a way.

I found a way to win the second, but I’m just sad for the tournament and for these people who were enjoying the battle, and for Daniil that it had to end this way,” Djokovic said after the match, per the ATP website.

Djokovic forced a third set before Medvedev retired

Medvedev earned the first break of the match in the fifth game but Djokovic broke back immediately in the sixth game to tie the first set to three games apiece. After blowing his first break, Medvedev broke Djokovic again in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead.

Medvedev then held on to his serve the rest of the set to win the opener with a 6-4 score. After losing the first set, Djokovic had a break point in the second game of the second set but didn’t convert. That was the first and lone break point of the second set as the winner of the set had to be decided in a tie-break.

In the tie-break, Djokovic took an early 4-1 lead and later earned his first set point 6-5. Djokovic didn’t convert his first set point but realized his second set point to win the tie-break with an 8-6 score. Medvedev then retired as Djokovic set up an Astana Open final meeting versus Stefanos Tsitsipas.

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