WIMBLEDON, England — Second seed Novak Djokovic abruptly retired with an injury against 11th seed Tomas Berdych leading 7-6 (2), 2-0 in their Wimbledon quarterfinal match on Wednesday.
Throughout his time at Wimbledon, Djokovic has played with a right elbow injury. On numerous occasions he had tournament trainers on court to treat the injury.
"It's not a shoulder, it's an elbow that keeps bothering me for over a year and a half," he said. "It's unfortunate I had to finish a Grand Slam like this. I tried from yesterday. I was able to play for 30 minutes with some pain that was bearable, but all the treatment and medicine couldn't help.
"The serve and forehand is where it hurt," he added. "I did everything I possibly could to make me fit. For an athlete, there's no way out if you don't feel fit."
Djokovic could be seen wincing in pain when striking a forehand just before he retired in the match.
A day earlier, Djokovic said he wasn't happy about the decision to postpone his fourth-round match that was scheduled for Tuesday night. He beat Adrian Mannarino of France 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-4 on Wednesday.
Berdych will play third seed Roger Federer, who defeated sixth seed Milos Raonic of Canada 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (4).
Berdych's best career Grand Slam result was at Wimbledon in 2010, when he lost to Rafael Nadal in straight sets in the final.
Djokovic's retirement will extend Andy Murray's hold on the world No. 1 ranking. Djokovic needed to win the title to return to the top. Murray lost to Sam Querrey in five sets earlier in the day.
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