It was a disappointing end for top seed Kevin Anderson at the ATP 250 Delray Beach Open. The 2012 champion was forced to retire with a right shoulder injury after dropping the opening-set tie-break 7/3 to Austin Krajicek.
Anderson, the world No. 14 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, had won both prior FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings with the 103rd-ranked Krajicek and served for the opening set at 5-3 before dropping serve and going on to drop the tie-break in an hour.
“I had to pull out of Chennai with my knee, Melbourne with me knee and I think I’d been trying really hard to get back and in doing so I think I may have compensated a little bit and my right shoulder has taken a bit of excess strain and load. I felt it in the very first game,” the South African said.
“To get broken the first time I think I served three or four double faults, from there it was a pretty tough battle. Losing serve and then going to the ’breaker, I just realised I was going through quite a bit of pain so to keep pushing and coming back would have been pretty tough to do.”