Wimbledon | Injured Novak Djokovic retires against Tomas Berdych

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Novak Djokovic came into the Wimbledon quarterfinals without dropping a set, but it appeared as if his arm injury would derail him eventually, and that came to fruition on Wednesday.

Djokovic, 30, retired trailing 7-6 (2), 2-0 against Tomas Berdych, against whom he had been 25-2 previously, although one of Berdych’s only wins came at Wimbledon in 2010. Berdych surprisingly ends up defending his 2016 semifinal points with a chance to reach the second Grand Slam final of his career, which also came at that 2010 Wimbledon.

After developing a reputation for them early in his career, the retirement marks the Serb’s first at a Grand Slam since the 2009 Australian Open against Andy Roddick.

Djokovic has dealt with on and off arm problems since last summer, including missing Miami, citing his elbow. He won Eastbourne in a rare appearance at a grass warm-up event, but the arm problems seemed to progressively get worse through this tournament and continue to be an issue.

Saying he may need to consider a break, Djokovic was very candid in press about his health now that his tournament is over:

Dealt an unfair hand by organizers, Djokovic was not able to take the court on Manic Monday, forcing him to play best-of-five matches on consecutive days. He defeated Adrian Mannarino in straight sets on Tuesday, but was visibly shaking out his arm by the end and was fortunate to have closed it out in three sets.

He had a shot at returning to World No. 1 had he won his fourth title on the lawn, and without it will either rise to No. 3 or remain at No. 4 if Roger Federer wins the championship.

Federer is the only member of the Big Four remaining, and a trend has quietly emerged in the ATP:

Assuming the injury allows him to play, Djokovic’s next tournament in Canada will see him defend 1000 points from winning the trophy last season, and he is also defending 1200 points as the 2016 U.S. Open runner-up.

If Djokovic does not win the U.S. Open, it will mark his first season without winning a major since 2010.

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