Stan Wawrinka booked his place in the final of the 2016 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships after Nick Kyrgios retired from their last-four clash on Friday.
The second seed had taken the first set 6-4 and was leading 3-0 in the second when Kyrgios decided to call it a day having had treatment on his back.
Sixth seed Felciano Lopez lost to Marcos Baghdatis 3-6, 7-6(1), 6-1 in the second semi-final.
Here are the full results:
|Dubai Duty Free Results: Semi-Finals|
|(2) Stan Wawrinka bt. Nick Kyrgios||6-4, 3-0 (ret.)|
|Marcos Baghdatis bt. (6) Feliciano Lopez||3-6, 7-6(1), 6-1|
It was the first meeting between Wawrinka and Kyrgios since their infamous clash last August, when the Australian made some crude comments about the two-time Grand Slam winner's girlfriend, Donna Vekic, per Agence France-Presse (via Yahoo Sports).
The pair exchanged opening service games in the first set before the Swiss star kicked on. He broke twice in quick succession to take a 4-1 lead with Kyrgios looking somewhat unmotivated, per Live Tennis:
Live Tennis @livetennis
File this one under: 'Positive body language on changeovers.' https://t.co/CJkTp2ND8T2/26/2016, 1:22:52 PM
However, the world No. 33 belied his negative body language to haul himself back to 4-4, taking a medical timeout for back treatment before breaking Wawrinka form 40-0 down to regain parity.
Kyrgios could not keep the momentum going and was broken again for 5-4 before Wawrinka served out the set.
TennisTV provided the full statistics from the opener:
Tennis TV @TennisTV
An untidy 1st set from #Kyrgios, who sprayed 20 UEs and hit 5 DFs. https://t.co/kRsZ9udpkC https://t.co/AmNOHfRGu82/26/2016, 1:52:07 PM
An early break for the world No. 4 in the second set gave him a 1-0 lead, and he quickly extended the advantage to 3-0 before Kyrgios retired.
Per the New York Times' Ben Rothenberg, it was a somewhat disappointing end to an eagerly anticipated clash:
Ben Rothenberg @BenRothenberg
Kyrgios retires down 4-6, 0-3, having taken a few medical timeouts for his back (Wawrinka had retired in their last match). Anticlimax.2/26/2016, 2:00:17 PM
Wawrinka will undoubtedly be the favourite to now triumph in Saturday's final against Baghdatis.
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