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Injury forces Baghdatis to retire at Flushing Meadows opener

Cyprus champion Marcos Baghdatis meets Frenchman Gael Monfils late Sunday afternoon (18.00) for a place in the quarter finals

Marcos Baghdatis exited the US Open in the early hours of Wednesday morning after an injury forced him to retire from his first round match against Steve Darcis.

Fresh off the back of a surprise defeat at the hands of Pierre-Hugues Herbert last week, the Cypriot star was looking to make amends in his tenth appearance of the major tournament.

Baghdatis had met Darcis on four previous occasions and held a 3-1 record over the Belgian, the last of which came earlier this year at the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy in Bucharest.

The first set saw the pair match each other almost stride for stride and after an enduring battle, would have to be settled by a tie break. The Limassol native showed a more commanding side as he raced away to a 7-2 win to take down the opening set.

Darcis, however, would quickly regain his composure as he took the next two sets in relatively comfortable fashion 6-3, 6-2.

Baghdatis, currently 51st in the ATP rankings, would eventually fall victim to a growing trend in the opening round of the US Open.

Down 3-1 in the fourth set, the Cypriot was forced to retire from the match through injury, making him the tenth male competitor in this year’s competition to do so.

Baghdatis has had a problem with injuries of late, having pulled out of five matches over the last 18 months. His most recent prior to Wednesday’s match was back in last February when he withdrew in the tiebreak of the deciding set in the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship.

Darcis now has the unenviable task of taking on Roger Federer in the second round following his comfortable win over Leonardo Mayer.

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