Federer, Osaka withdraw from Italian Open with injuries

Switzerland's Roger Federer serves to Austria's Dominic Thiem during their ATP Madrid Open quarter-final tennis match at the Caja Magica in Madrid

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Roger Federer has pulled out of the Italian Open 2019 due to a leg injury on his right leg. Federer was scheduled to play against Stefanos Tsitsipas at the quarterfinals of the Italian Open 2019, on Friday.

On Thursday, Federer played through two matches, beating Joao Sousa in straight sets and dispatching Borna Coric in three.

It is that match against Coric that is believed to have caused Federer's injury, with him revealing after the 3-hour, 51-minute contest that he tweaked his leg after slipping on the wet baseline.

I just couldn't win today but I have extra days off, which is good. Rome has always been one of my favourite cities to visit, and I hope to be back next year.

Tsitsipas will play either defending champion Rafael Nadal or Fernando Verdasco for a place in the final.

"I woke up this morning and couldn't really move my thumb", Osaka said.

"I'm going to stay here for one more day and see how it is", she said.

This time previous year, Naomi Osaka had never won a grand slam, was ranked outside the top-20 and could only win one game in an Italian Open second-round match against Simona Halep that lasted 59 minutes.

"I tried to practice and grip my racket and I just felt this pain every time I tried to move my hand in different directions".

The four-time Italian Open victor next plays Argentine seventh seed Juan Martin Del Potro for a place in the semi-finals.

"I like the fact that I didn't play yesterday because I felt like I needed an extra maybe day of rest and recovery a little bit", said the Serb.

Reigning US and Australian Open champion Osaka had earlier said she could not compete because of a problem with her hand.

"I haven't really talked to everyone so don't really know the plan is yet".

In the women's event, Japan's Naomi Osaka, the top seed, also won twice to retain the world number one ranking ahead of the start of the French Open.

Also reaching the last four was Diego Schwartzman, who beat Kei Nishikori for the first time in four tries, 6-4, 6-2, to reach his first Masters Series semifinal.

"I really dislike how we players get treated at this tournament because yesterday was, in my opinion, not acceptable", said last year's French Open runner-up.

The 24th-ranked Schwartzman will face top-ranked Novak Djokovic or fellow Argentine Juan Martin del Potro.

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