Andy Roddick, who has struggled with illness and form all season, has been injured in Shanghai on the exact date he was injured in the same tournament last year. The groin strain may be enough to keep Roddick from participating in the year end Masters tournament in London for the second year in a row.
Roddick had been leading 6-3, 2-3 against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez when he withdrew. His withdrawal comes after Kohlschrieber retired against Roddick in the first round.
“It was to the point where moving at all felt like I was getting stabbed in the leg. It’s just frustrating. You’ve got to be able to get a little bit of momentum going, and I just feel like I haven’t been able to do that since April or May and a lot of that has been out of my hands.”
Last year Shanghai was cursed with injuries that highlighted the ATP scheduling issues and the harm that it causes the players.