Spain's Rafael Nadal receives medical attention during their men's singles quarter-finals match against Croatia's Marin Cilic on day nine of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 23, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE — STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE —
Spain's Rafael Nadal receives medical attention during their men's singles quarter-finals match against Croatia's Marin Cilic on day nine of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 23, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE — STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE —

‘I had to write to Rafa to see how he’s doing’

THE last thing Roger Federer did before going to sleep the night before his quarterfinal against Tomas Berdych wasn't to make sure he was fully hydrated or any other match preparation routines, he sent a text message to world No.1 Rafael Nadal.

Nadal was forced to retire due to injury early in the fifth set of his quarterfinal against No.6 seed Marin Cilic.

The Spaniard was limping heavily before he reluctantly pulled the pin and vision of him limping around the corridors underneath Rod Laver were also aired.

Federer, who defeated Nadal in the Australian Open final last year, said it was difficult to see the star's campaign at Melbourne Park end in that way.

"It's hard to watch," Federer said. "Someone go out in five sets and not being able to finish.

"At least if somebody finishes and he loses all credit to the other guy.

"I wrote Rafa late last night before I went to bed. Last thing I did. I said I have to write Rafa see how he's doing.

 

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal after last year’s Australian Open final. Picture: Wayne Ludbey
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal after last year’s Australian Open final. Picture: Wayne Ludbey

"I hope he was going to be OK with the scan today. I'm hoping the news was not terrible.

"It was not nice to see a fellow rival and friend like this go out. Wish him well."

Federer defeated No.19 seed Tomas Berdych to advance to the semi-finals, where he'll play Hyeon Chung.

The women's semi-final are also set after 2016 champion Angelique Kerber defeated No.17 seed Madison Keys and world No.1 Simona Halep defeated sixth seed Karolina Pliskova.



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