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Baghdatis injured during Nottingham semi

The Cypriot had been in great form all week and faces an anxious wait to see how serious the injury is, with Wimbledon starting on Monday

Defending champion Marcos Baghdatis has pulled out of his Aegon Open semi-final in Nottingham after feeling a tightening in his left calf against Denis Istomin on Friday afternoon.

The 30-year-old Cypriot had made a good start to the contest, breaking the Uzbek’s first service game.
The incident, which occurred with Baghdatis serving at deuce and leading 2-1, led to the tournament doctor being called courtside.

After an assessment, Baghdatis decided to withdraw, with Wimbledon starting on Monday.

It is not yet clear how serious the injury is, with Baghdatis drawn to face American world number 57 Donald Young in the first round at the All-England club in Friday’s draw.

Speaking courtside, Istomin said he didn’t want to reach the final in such a manner and wished Baghdatis a speedy recovery.

The injury is a big blow as the Cypriot hadn’t dropped a set on his way to the last four in Nottingham and was playing with a high level of confidence.

“There’s added pressure because it’s been a long time since I won a tournament,” he told the Nottingham Post newspaper prior to his clash with Istomin.
“But the past is the past. I’m here just to enjoy it and try to find ways to win.
“I have to play every match like it’s my last.

“To win any tournament would mean a lot. To win here last year as a challenger event meant a lot.
“It’s important I keep cool and better things will come in future.
“I’m happy and relaxed. I have great experience on grass and I love playing on it.”

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