Roger Federer, Naomi Osaka Withdraw From Italian Open With Injuries

Jose Verdugo
May 18, 2019

World number one Naomi Osaka has pulled out of the Italian Open before Thursday's quarter-finals with injury just a week before the start of the French Open.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion had been on court for almost four hours on Thursday, saving two match points to win through in three sets against Borna Coric after earlier easing to a straight sets win over Portgual's Joao Sousa.

It is that match against Coric that is believed to have caused Federer's injury, with him revealing after the 3-hour, 51-minute contest that he tweaked his leg after slipping on the wet baseline.

World No.1 Naomi Osaka made it clear she is eyeing the No.1 seed at Roland Garros, but to reach that milestone she would once again have to hold off No.2 and reigning French Open champion Simona Halep this week at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia.

I just couldn't win today but I have extra days off, which is good. "I am not 100 percent physically and, after consultation with my team, it was determined that I not play", Federer said. Rome has always been one of my favourite cities to visit, and I hope to be back next year.

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Rafael Nadal put away Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 6-0 at the Italian Open on Friday, and ought to be a little nervous. I did hurt my toe for like two games, my leg also was hurting a little bit. "I tried to practise and grip my racket but I couldn't, and I kept feeling this pain when I tried to move my hand in different directions". I feel like there's a big difference between saying No. 1 in the world versus No. 2.

This time previous year, Naomi Osaka had never won a grand slam, was ranked outside the top-20 and could only win one game in an Italian Open second-round match against Simona Halep that lasted 59 minutes. That's why I'm kind of confused right now because I literally woke up in the morning and couldn't move my thumb. "There were crucial moments throughout the match, second set and third set, for me to stay in it. Things definitely went my way tonight".

Bertens, who won the Madrid Open last week, will face Marketa Vondrousova or Johanna Konta for a spot in the final.

Schwartzman, 26, won 6-4, 6-2 in 87 minutes in the quarter-final for his first win in four meetings with former US Open finalist Nishikori.

The 24th-ranked Schwartzman will face top-ranked Novak Djokovic or fellow Argentine Juan Martin del Potro.

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