Tennis world saddened by Aussie's 'devastating' news

Chris Young
Sports Reporter

Thanasi Kokkinakis has withdrawn from his second round match against Rafael Nadal at the US Open, reportedly due to a shoulder injury.

The 24-year-old has battled consistent injuries for several years since breaking into the ATP top 100 in 2015.

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Despite a memorable victory over Roger Federer at the Miami Open in 2018, Kokkinakis has struggled to get his body right.

Hopes were high after his first round win over Ilya Ivashka, but the rising star again succumbed to injury, allowing Nadal through to the third round at Flushing Meadows unimpeded.

Thanasi Kokkinakis has yet again been forced to withdraw from a major tournament through injury, this time abandoning his second round match against Rafael Nadal. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Fans of Kokkinakis took to social media to express their disappointment over yet another setback.

Kokkinakis battled for almost four hours on Tuesday to beat Ivashka in four sets in what was the 24-year-old's first main-draw win at a grand slam since the 2015 French Open

Federer fumes after ugly US Open first

Roger Federer has slammed the US Open court after starting slowly for the second match in a row in his Round 2 clash with Damir Dzhumhur.

The five-times champion came back again from a set down, beating Damir Dzhumhur 3-6 6-2 6-3 6-4 on Wednesday to reach the third round of the year's final grand slam.

During a rain affected day, the covered conditions were no help at the start to Federer, though he couldn't quite explain why.

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"I don't have an answer to you," he said. "It's just poor ball striking in the beginning."

But he then went on to criticise the speed of the US Open hard court this year, likening to clay.

“I’m really disappointed about the surface here: it’s like to play on clay,” Federer said.

“It’s hard court, but the ball is not even bouncing. It’s a pretty dead court in some ways. I do believe it’s slower than it has [been] in previous years.

“I’m not sure if it’s the balls or the speed of the court, but it’s definitely not on the faster side.

“This was like an indoor match so it’s great for ball striking, for big servers.”