The quarter-final match between Rafa Nadal and Marin Cilic ended is despair for the Spaniard as he walked out of it being down 2-0 in the decider after suffering an injury mid-match. This means only Roger Federer survives out of the Top 4 seeds in the tournament.
Cilic will face Great Britain’s Kyle Edmund next on Thursday. Edmund reached his first Grand Slam championship semi-final after defeating third-seed Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-4.
Nadal will remain at No. 1 when the ATP Rankings are published on Monday.
Here is how twitter reacted to the match to Rafa’s unfortunate departure
Marin Cilic through to semi-finals of the Australian Open after top seed Rafa Nadal retires injured when trailing 3-6 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 2-0. He will play Britain's Kyle Edmund for a place in Sunday's final. Join our live blog for updates: https://t.co/PwmTZNKQO5 #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/JArYO66eeH
— Sky Sports Tennis ? (@SkySportsTennis) January 23, 2018
— Akram (@Akram71093) January 23, 2018
Rafael Nadal will retain his #1 ranking, but if Roger Federer wins the #AusOpen he will only be 155 ranking points behind.
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) January 23, 2018
It was tough to watch Nadal hobble off and it's a pity that an encore of the last year's final is ruled out, but Cilic was sensational. #AustralianOpen
— Sambit Bal (@sambitbal) January 23, 2018
I'm sorry Noah but this is a silly comment. #Nadal doesn't "play the injury card". In the 2014 final he completed the match despite a serious back injury. He hates to retire and was visibly angry having to do so tonight. #AusOpen https://t.co/37YIBrAzIz
— Pat Cash (@TheRealPatCash) January 23, 2018
So since @rogerfederer left the court after his last match this has happened; Djokovic, Dimitrov, and Nadal have lost. Has anyone ever been a bigger favorite to win the ?with three matches left? @AustralianOpen
— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) January 23, 2018
— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS) January 23, 2018
If you think Nadal isn't injured and/or that he is engaging in political theater as though he is trying to create an excuse for losing, I can't help you.
You're being willfully ignorant and wrong. Period.
— Matt Zemek (@mzemek) January 23, 2018
Djokovic, Murray, Stan, Kei, and now Nadal…this schedule kills players. And Roger, well, he managed his schedule great and 20 is in the crosshairs…
— Full Dissident (@hbryant42) January 23, 2018