Serb Novak Djokovic has lost the 2017 Wimbledon quarter final after retiring with an elbow injury.
The 30 year old was suffering from the injury and needed to be treated twice in the last 16 against Adrian Mannarino before winning the tie.
The Serb was losing 7-6 (7-2) 2-0 when he withdrew with an elbow injury.
Djokovic who could have claimed top spot from Andy Murray who was beaten by Sam Querrey earlier on Centre Court could not continue and said after the game;
“I haven’t felt this much pain since I’ve had this injury”. “It’s not the shoulder, it’s the elbow that has kept bothering me for over a year and a half”, he added.
“I was able, for 30 minutes, to play with some pain that was bearable, but the serve and forehand were shots where I could feel it the most. After that, there was really no sense [in continuing], the 30 year old continued”.
Djokovic says he will consider surgery to fix the problem if that will be the best option.
The retirement at Wimbledon means Tomas Berdych reaches the semis at the expense of the Serb and Djokovic was quick to show his disappointment saying;
“It is unfortunate I had to finish Wimbledon in this way. If someone feels bad, it is me”, says the Serb.
“I spent about two hours, two and a half hours, on the table today in between the warm-up and match, trying to do everything I could to make me fit.
“I’m going to talk with specialists, as I have done in the last year, to try to figure out what’s the best way to treat it and find a long-term solution.
“The level of pain was not decreasing, it was only increasing as the days went by. Unfortunately, today was the worst day. Probably the fact I played yesterday, days adding up, it wasn’t helping at all.”
Berdych will play 35 year old Rodger Federer who beat Milos Raonic in the last game of the quarter finals.