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Tomic retires midway through Agut clash

dpadpa 11/10/2016

Injury has forced Bernard Tomic to retire midway through his clash with Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut at the Shanghai Masters.

Injury has forced Bernard Tomic to retire midway through his first-round clash with Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut at the Shanghai Masters.

Tomic was trailing 3-0 in the second set having lost the opener 6-3 when he decided he couldn't continue the match.

Japen Open champion Nick Kyrgios showed off his new, improving form with a 6-4 6-4 win over American Sam Querrey, and French 13th seed Lucas Pouille beat Spain's Fernando Verdasco 6-3 6-3.

World No.1 Novak Djokovic stepped onto a court for the first time since losing the US Open final a month ago, with the Serb earning a 6-3 6-3 won over Fabio Fognini.

The top seed is making his only stop in Asia after bypassing Beijing as he took a long break from the sport following his Flushing Meadows finals loss to Stan Wawrinka.

"I was just pleased to be back on the court, considering I skipped Beijing," Djokovic said.

"I was just trying to focus on my game and things that I worked on the last couple of weeks. I believe things will progress as days go by.

"My approach (now) is just different. My priorities are now to enjoy, really."

Djokovic, a three-time champion in China's commercial capital, has also been healing an elbow injury and is trying to hold off a rankings charge from world No.2 Andy Murray, winner of the Beijing title.

Grigor Dimitrov scored an upset as he beat French 14th seed Richard Gasquet 6-4 6-4 winning for the first time in six attempts.

First-round play concluded with a loss for tenth seed David Ferrer as the Spaniard lost to compatriot Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (7-3) 4-6 7-6 (7-4).

David Goffin put out Juan Martin del Potro 4-6 6-3 7-5 as the Argentine continues his long-term wrist recovery.

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