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Saturday 28 May 2016 10:30 AM BST
French Open 2016 Day 6: Nadal's shock withdrawal
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Day six was full of drama, most of it off the court as Rafael Nadal withdrew from the tournament he’s won nine times with a wrist injury.

Second seed Agnieska Radwanska, 2014 finalist Simona Halep and former US Open finalist Kei Nishikori had to pull out all the stops but defending champion Stan Wawrinka and Wimbledon runner-up Garbiñe Muguruza both cruised into the second week.

Andy Murray was back to his best against the biggest server in the men’s game while Nick Kyrgios ended his Paris run with a rant at his box.

Here are the best and worst moments of the day:

Moment of the day

Panic in the press room as tournament organisers called a Nadal press conference on his day off.

“I'm here to announce that I have to retire from the tournament because I have a problem in my wrist that I have had a couple of weeks,” a crestfallen Nadal said.

The problem is with a sheath in the tendon of his left wrist, which started to hurt at the beginning of May in Madrid and had got so much worse he’d taken an injection to numb the pain in his second round. Nadal said his doctor had told him he’d risk serious injury to his wrist if he played on.

“Now is a tough moment, but is not the end,” Nadal said, hoping he would be back at Roland Garros “the next couple of years.”

Nadal, who turns 30 next week, added he didn’t think he’ll need surgery and expects to make a “quick” recovery in time for Wimbledon, which starts in four weeks.

Performance of the day

After back-to-back five-setters in his first two rounds, Murray did just what the doctor ordered against Ivo Karlovic and won in straight sets.

Although the Croatian is the tallest player on the men’s tour at six-foot-eleven and has hit more than 10,000 aces, Murray broke three times and got the job done in less than two hours, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3). 

Battle of the zebras

The new Adidas outfits by Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto have divided opinion all week in Paris. Some people have likened the black-and-white outfits to an army of zebras invading Roland Garros while others love the unusual, quirky design.

Take a look at rising ATP stars Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev, who will play each other in the third round, sporting the new outfits. 

Rant of the day

If it hadn’t been for Nadal, Kyrgios would probably have been one of the biggest talking points of day six.

The young Australian had been a model of good behaviour since his clash with an umpire in his first round over a towel.

But playing in front of a partisan crowd on the main Court Philippe Chatrier, the former Wimbledon quarter-finalist lost his cool as he struggled with a sore shoulder and a brilliant Richard Gasquet.

Kyrgios told his box, including his brother Christos “If you are just going to sit there, get out of my box.”

When asked about the comments after his 6-2, 7-6 (9-7), 6-2 defeat to the Frenchman, Kyrgios said: “don’t want to talk about it.”  

Czech Mate

A bad day for Czech tennis with Petra Kvitova, 2015 French Open runner-up Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova all going out in three sets.  

It’s not often a two-time Wimbledon champion gets bagelled twice in the first week of a grand slam event but that’s exactly what happened to Kvitova.

The No.10 seed dropped the first set to 108th-ranked Shelby Rogers 6-0, then recovered from 4-2 down to clinch the second set on the tiebreak 7-6 (7-3) before dropping the final set 6-0.

“I felt like nothing really worked today,” 2012 Roland Garros semi-finalist Kvitova said after 36 unforced errors.

Stat of the day

Are American men jinxed at Roland Garros?

After ten U.S. men started the tournament, John Isner is the only one man left standing in the fourth round after the 23rd-seeded Jack Sock lost in five sets to Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain.

The last time two American men reached the last 16 at Roland Garros was in 2001, when Andre Agassi and Michael Russell made the second week.

“It's not what American tennis fans are accustomed to,” Isner conceded.

And there may not be a single American man left after the fourth round as Isner plays Murray, whom he has never beaten in five matches.

“I will go out there and roll the dice on Sunday,” Isner said.

Shot of the day

Radwanska may be known as the “ninja” of tennis for her uncanny shot making but here is Strychova giving the Pole a run for her money:

Quote of the day

Filet de boeuf, frites maison et une salade verte.” (beef filet with homemade fries and a green salad)

Andy Murray, pressed by on-court interviewer Fabrice Santoro on what he’ll order his team for dinner in French.