Kei Nishikori was forced to withdraw from Halle before his second round match against Florian Mayer. The Japanese, seeded second in the tournament, had a rib injury. This has been the second year in a row that he’s withdrawn from the tournament.
In 2015, he had had a calf injury that had caused him to withdraw from Wimbledon as well. 'I am very sad to withdraw for the second year in a row, I am sorry for the fans in Germany and look forward to being back in the future,' he said in the press conference.
Then explaining how this problem came up, he said, 'In my first match (in the second set) I hurt my rib a little and it did not get better. I will be in rehab for the next few days and should be ok for Wimbledon. I'm sure it's not a big deal.
I do not think it will be a long injury, I am optimistic.' With Nishikori's withdrawal, Florian Mayer got a walkover into the quarter-finals, where he will face either Andreas Seppi or Yuichi Sugita next. The Italian was leading the Japanese qualifier 6-3, 5-0 (30-30) before rain suspended play.
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