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Doubts for Davidovich at Wimbledon after pulling out of Eastbourne injured

Davidovich on Wednesday.
Davidovich on Wednesday. / REUTERS
  • Just days ahead of the tournament's start, the Costa del Sol player retired midway through his match with Vasek Pospisil

Alejandro Davidovich faces a race against time to be fit for Wimbledon when it begins on Monday after pulling out of his round-of-16 clash against Vasek Pospisil at the ATP 250 event in Eastbourne on Wednesday afternoon with a back injury. The World Number 35 retired after one set, which he had lost 7-6 to his Canadian opponent.

On Tuesday, Davidovich - the sixth seed at the tournament - had beaten Sweden's Mikael Ymer 7-5, 6-1 to set up a clash against Pospisil. This was his first career win over Ymer in three attempts, but he did not have it all his own way. Indeed, his opponent started better before the Spaniard rallied and, trailing 3-5, went on to win the last four games to win the set. He cruised to a 6-1 win in the second, beating his opponent in one hour and 27 minutes. The encounter was due to have been played on Monday but was delayed by rain.

By contrast, he endured a difficult afternoon against Pospisil, ranked 66th in the world, on Wednesday. The first and only set dragged on for one hour and 12 minutes and the gap between the two players was evidenced through Pospisil winning an impressive 90% of first serve points, compared to Davidovich with a disappointing 59%. .

Before the second set began, Davidovich opted to retire from the match. It is hoped that this was only a precautionary measure and that he will be able to build on his recent good form at Wimbledon, for which the draw takes place on Friday. Indeed, Davidovich has a busy schedule ahead of him that he will not want compromised by any injury worries- after Wimbledon, he is due to go to Tokyo to compete for Spain at the Olympics.