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Raonic ruled out of French Open
21 May 2015 23:11
World number six Milos Raonic has withdrawn from the French Open after failing to overcome a foot injury.
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Raonic first felt the problem at the Monte Carlo Masters in April, when he was forced to retire from a quarter-final match against Tomas Berdych.
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The 24-year-old carried the injury through the Madrid Open where he lost to Andy Murray in the last eight, but subsequently missed the Rome Masters last week to undergo surgery.
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The condition in his right foot is known as Morton's neuroma, which usually involves the thickening of tissue around one of the nerves leading to the toe.
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"I am sad to have to unfortunately announce my withdrawal from 2015's Roland Garros," Raonic said.
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"I tried my best to be back on court and healthy in time after surgery but after consulting with my team and doctors, I made a decision to withdraw from this year's tournament and make sure I am able to return to the court at 100%.
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"My rehab will continue this week and I will shortly begin preparations for a strong Queen's Club and Wimbledon."
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Raonic achieved his best performance at Roland Garros last year, reaching the quarter-finals before losing in straight sets to Novak Djokovic.
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The Canadian's withdrawal means nine-time champion Rafael Nadal is likely to move up from seventh to sixth seed, in line with the current ATP world rankings.
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The draw for the French Open is on Friday and play in the first round begins on Sunday.
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Meanwhile, a new French Open record has been set for the longest ever qualification match after Italy's Andrea Arnaboldi beat France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4 3-6 27-25.
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Arnaboldi, ranked 188th in the world, came through the 52-game decider on court seven at Roland Garros to seal a victory that took four hours and 26 minutes.
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The result breaks the record for the most number of games played in a French Open qualifier, which previously stood at Daniel Nestor's 4-6 6-3 22-20 victory over Thierry Guardiola in 1996.
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It is not the first titanic battle at this year's tournament after another Italian, Luca Vanni, overcame Romanian Adrian Ungur 6-4 6-7 (4/7) 16-14 in the first qualification round on Tuesday.
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Arnaboldi and Herbert had met twice before in their careers and both times the match went to a final set, with the pair claiming one victory apiece.
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There is little time to recover for Arnaboldi, who will have to beat Argentina's Marco Trungelliti in the final qualifying round on Friday to seal his place in the main draw.
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