Thursday, March 17, 2011

Robredo Withdrew from Indian Wells, del Potro into Semis

Robredo Withdrew from Indian Wells, del Potro into Semis

Juan Martin del Potro advanced into the semifinals at Indian Wells after Tommy Robredo pulled of their match because of a strained left abductor muscle.

Del Potro will play next the winner of the match between Rafa Nadal and Ivo Karlovic.

Robredo aggravated an old injury it in the second set of his 6-1 6-3 fourth-round victory over Sam Querrey.

“I knew I was not going to be able to play, so that’s why I pulled out,” said Robredo. “We did an MRI last night, and we saw the results.

“The doctor here says not to play. We have been delaying it as much as possible because we were contacting our doctors in Spain to see what they feel about. Now the decision is done.”

Robredo said he had also withdrawn from Miami starting next week.

“I have a strained muscle in two places, so no chance to play,” the Spaniard added. “Well, a chance to play, yes, but then for sure I wouldn’t be running as normal and I will have the chance to break it.

“It’s not an easy situation for a player, playing as good as I was playing, and I was hoping to try to reach the semi-finals. But when you are not 100 percent, then you have no chances.”