Rafael Nadal needed little time to get past countryman David Ferrer in the first round of the 2018 US Open on Monday, as his opponent retired midway through the second set.
The world No. 1 won the first set 6-3 on Arthur Ashe Stadium, and his opponent called for a trainer afterward. Up a break at 4-3 in the second, Ferrer decided to pull the plug on his tournament (and also retire from Grand Slam tennis).
I’m very, very sorry for him. He’s one of the closest friends on tour.
We shared amazing moments together, playing French Open final (in 2013), playing a couple of finals of Davis Cup, winning a couple of titles. He’s one of the greatest tennis players we had in our country, so it’s sad for me to see him finish like this.
But he deserve everything because he’s a very hard worker, great person and fantastic player.
Our champ will play the big-serving Vasek Pospisil on Wednesday in the second round.