Istomin wins Chengdu as Baghdatis retires

The Chengdu Open final came to a painfully premature conclusion for Marcos Baghdatis. Denis Istomin held a 3-2 lead over the former Australian Open finalist when Baghdatis’ back locked up and he toppled to the court in clear pain.stomin crossed the net out of concern to check on his fallen opponent and immediately signaled for the trainer. Chair umpire Carlos Bernardes also came out on court to check on Baghdatis’ status. The 32-year-old Cypriot was unable to continue due to his back injury.

The 78th-ranked Istomin, who knocked Novak Djokovic out of the Australian Open in January, collected his second career ATP title.


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