Matteo Berrettini’s Australian Open abdominal injury walkover retirement on Monday against Stefano Tsitsipas was the only realistic option, Italian ninth seed said.

“I got injured in the last match that I played. I felt something on my ab. I thought it wasn’t really big, but the next day when I woke up I felt it was big,” he said after quitting prior to the fourth-round match.

“Doctors told me I can get really worse, so it’s not worth the try.”

The world No. 10 and former US Open semi-finalist added: “Obviously I’m not 100 per cent. To beat these guys, you have to be .

“It’s not really professional to step in when you’re not at your best.”

Main photo:- Matteo Berrettini after withdrawing from his match by;- Tennis Australia/ VINCE CALIGIURI

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