World No. 4 David Ferrer has officially withdrawn from the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells after suffering a leg injury in his quarter-final match at the Mexican Open. Tournament officials revealed the news on twitter, stating also that American youngster Donald Young will replace him in the draw.
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The injury occurred in Acapulco quarter-final, where Ferrer led Kevin Anderson 6-4, 2-2, before he suffered an inner thigh strain in his left leg. He would go on to seek treatment in the locker room, but would retire shortly after returning on court.
“I’m very sad because I was playing great,” Ferrer said after the match. “I still do not know the extent of the injury. I’ll have to wait and see before taking a determination. The day was going so well for me, and then this happened.”
The ATP entry list for the event includes defending BNP Paribas Open Champion Rafael Nadal, World No. 2 Novak Djokovic, British No. 1 Andy Murray, 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer, as well as all the remaining top 10 ranked players are entered, along with former BNP Paribas Open Champion Lleyton Hewitt.
The BNP Paribas Open will be held between March 3-16, 2014 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden