Feliciano Lopez advances to 4th round of US Open after Sergiy Stakhovsky retires in 2nd set
NEW YORK – Feliciano Lopez of Spain advanced to the fourth round of the U.S. Open after Sergiy Stakhovsky retired in the second set because of a right toe infection.
The 23rd-seeded Lopez was leading 6-3, 4-0 on Sunday when Stakhovsky retired. Lopez reached the fourth round at a Grand Slam for the first time since 2008 Wimbledon.
Stakhovsky said the toe started bothering him during his doubles match Saturday. It got worse overnight to the point he had trouble even walking Sunday.
Both players went to five sets in the second round. Ukraine's Stakhovsky, ranked 36th, saved three match points in the fifth-set tiebreaker against American teenager Ryan Harrison.