- Henri Laaksonen (ATP 150) had to retire due to injury at the French Open in Paris against Kei Nishikori (ATP 49) after one set.
- Schaffhauser can be treated on the left thigh after a few minutes.
- With a score of 5:7 from his point of view, Laksonen decided to surrender in the first half of the second set.
Looks like the rain will save him. Long injured, Henri Laaksonen fought for his service game with a score of 5:5. He was able to defend himself against Kei Nishikori for minutes, while rain gradually fell on Simonne-Mathieu Stadium.
In the end, his Japanese opponent scored an important breakout to 6:5. The subsequent 45-minute rain break Laksonen didn’t play the cards as desired: the 29-year-old Schaffhauser looked weak and advanced the set 5-7. At 3:40 from his second-round point of view, he finally gave up.
Left in a sentence thanks to stopping the balls
After just a few minutes of play, Laksonen first grabbed his left thigh in his first Grand Slam third-round match and then received treatment. As a result, he no longer ran smoothly and basically stayed afloat with many stop balls and effective serve.
With Nishikori getting off to a really bad start on the other side of the net, the group stayed balanced for a long time. Laksonen was able to break the Japanese to zero despite dropping to 4:4.
The next premiere has been cancelled
However, in the end, he still had to bow to the injury that had yet to be determined. This means that Laksonen was cheated out of the chance to reach the Round of 16 at the Grand Slam for the first time.
The Swiss had already suffered from thigh pain in the past year. This injury could also be a factor now.
This means that Roger Federer remains the only Swiss still on the field in Paris. He will meet with German left-wing Dominic Kupfer on Saturday.