Barcelona - Kei Nishikori retired during his opening match
against Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez at the Barcelona Open on Wednesday.
Nishikori, who lost to Rafael Nadal in the Monte Carlo
Masters final on Sunday, pulled out after conceding the first set to
Fatigue, and pain in his troublesome right wrist, appeared
to prompt the withdrawal from Japans world number 22, who will now look to
regain fitness ahead of the French Open next month.
"My expectations grew in Monte Carlo, despite losing to
Nadal," Nishikori told reporters after the match.
"However, I started feeling discomfort again during the
first set and I did not want to take any risks."
It completes a double setback for Asian players as Hyeon
Chung, the South Korean who was a surprise semi-finalist at this year's
Australian Open, withdrew before play in Barcelona even began.