Verdasco Claims Kooyong Classic Title

Fernando Verdasco has earned his first title on 2015…

Alexandr Dolgopolov retired from the Kooyong Classic in Melbourne on Friday with a right knee injury, handing the 31-year-old Spanish tennis player the title at the exhibition tournament.

Fernando Verdasco

Dolgopolov lost the opening set 7-6 (3) before calling for medical staff because of the injury, then saying he couldn’t continue on with the match.

Dolgopolov said the injury felt the same as the one he sustained in July playing in Hamburg, Germany, which required surgery and 10 weeks off the ATP Tour.

“When I was warming up and playing the first set, it was fine, and the last few games I started feeling something strange in the knee and it started to get worse,” he said. “I’m not sure I’ll be playing in the Open because it feels quite the same like I did before the surgery. My physio is saying 99 percent (the) meniscus that I injured before.”

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