Resurgent Ukraininan Alexandr Dolgopolov withdrew from the Aegon Championships on Friday afternoon after suffering a right thigh injury in his third round win against Jarkko Nieminen.
The World No. 19 began his opening round match at Queen’s Club with a 7-6(3) 7-6(7) victory over Denis Istomin, and had an even easier match in his third round encounter against Jarkko Nieminen, who retired from the contest trailing 6-4, 4-2. His performances at the event are surprising considering the injury he was concealing.
Dolgopolov was originally scheduled to face Grigor Dimitrov, who received a walkover into the semi-final round. He will meet the top seed Stan Wawrinka for an opportunity to top his best showing at the event back in 2012.
Oddly enough, this was not the only walkover of the day, albeit it was the only one at Queen’s Club. At the Gerry Weber Open, Roger Federer reached the semi-final round after only one match on court, as his quarter-final opponent, Yen-Hsun Lu, withdrew with a back injury.