Australian Open: Rafael Nadal through after Bernard Tomic retirement

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal won the opening set 6-4 before the local hope Bernard Tomic called it quits with a thigh injury.

updated: January 14, 2014 17:52 IST
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Melbourne: Top seed Rafael Nadal eased through to the second round of the Australian Open after local hope Bernard Tomic retired with an injury after the first set on Tuesday. (Click here for latest on Australian Open)

The Spaniard won the opening set 6-4 before the Australian called it quits with a thigh injury, to boos from the crowd. Tomic looked to be in discomfort from the injury and sought courtside treatment throughout the set from a physio. (Also read: Federer marches into second round)

Despite that Tomic, the world number 57, traded games with the Spanish world number one until he was broken in the ninth game. As soon as Nadal served out for the opening set, Tomic said he could not continue further and retired from the match. (In pictures: Melbourne on fire)

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