Safin moves through
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:54
The fifth-seeded Russian had lost the first set 6-3 but was 1-0 up in the second when a problem with his left knee caused him to withdraw.
Twenty-nine-year-old Safin, who bows out of professional tennis after next month’s Masters event in Paris, will next face Denis Istomin in the quarter-finals.
The Uzbekistani player was the benefit of another retirement – this time top seed Mikhail Youzhny, who was 6-2 2-1 down when a back injury forced him out.
Ukrainian qualifier Sergiy Stakhovsky beat Andrey Kuznetsov 6-1 6-4, while Igor Kunitsyn beat fellow Russian Michail Elgin 6-2 6-3.