Djokovic pulls out of Dubai tournament

Photo: @DDFTennis / Twitter

DUBAI – World number one Novak Djokovic was forced to retire from his quarterfinal match against Feliciano Lopez at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships after struggling with an eye condition on Thursday.

Photo: @DDFTennis / Twitter
Photo: @DDFTennis / Twitter

Djokovic called for his trainer, citing an eye problem, after three games played, and decided he was unable to continue after losing the first set 6-3.

This is Djokovic’s first defeat since November last year, when he was beaten by Swiss Roger Federer in London.

Spaniard Lopez will play Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis in the semifinals.