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ATP: Milos Raonic is forced to abdicate in the second round

ATP: Milos Raonic is forced to abdicate in the second round

Canadian Milos Raonic withdrew from his quarter-final match against Italian Jannik Sinner on Friday at the Rotterdam 500 Tennis Championships.

Raonic, who lost the first set 7-6, chose to withdraw in the second set when the score was tied 1-1.

During the first set, Raonic turned to a psychological therapist during the seventh game, and despite his physical problems, the Canadian was able to obtain two points to decide the set in the service of Sinner, but the latter closed the door and forced a tie-breaker. Which he won.

Raonic (33 years old) returned to the ATP tournament last year after a long absence due to injury. The former world number three was looking to qualify for his first semi-final since the Paris Masters in 2020.

Raonic, who arrived in Rotterdam ranked 309th in the world, showed some of his best levels against Sinner, the fourth racket in the world with 11 aces to his credit.

Thus, Sinner, the Australian Open champion and fourth in the world, qualifies for the semi-finals to face Talon Grekspor. As a result, he scored his 200th career victory. The other match in the quarter-finals will be between Grigor Dimitrov and Alex de Minaur.

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