|Posted on May 11, 2010 at 9:08 PM|
Tomas Berdych in Air Europa stand
Tuesday, 11 May, 2010
A quality first-round match was supposed to pit 11th-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych against Argentine and former Madrid champion David Nalbandian, but both players pulled out of the draw on Tuesday, sending American lucky-losers Mardy Fish and Michael Russell into the draw.
sad, sad news... hope it's nothing serious for both players.
in the Czech media:
Tomas has pulled out of the Madrid Masters with a muscle strain in the right thigh just prior to his first round match against David Nalbandian scheduled on late Tuesday. Pain is sudden and may be severe. Tomas sustained the injury during a practice session on Sunday. Czech Michal Novotny ATP physiotherapist diagnosed the problem and advised Tomas that he should not compete in Madrid, as to not aggravate the injury any further. A pulled hamstring, or any other muscle strain, can take from two to six weeks to heal, depending on the severity of the injury. For mild hamstring strains, treatment may include a combination of rest, gentle stretching of the thigh and hip, and strengthening exercises to restore the health of the muscle and to limit the risk of recurrence. Tomas is missing his second tournament in Spain. In early April he injured his ankle in Monte Carlo and then was unable to start in Barcelona. Tomas was enjoying a great season so far. He played in Miami Masters final, was in the semi-final in Brisbane, and four times in the quarter-finals. He is ranked 16th in the world.