Monaco forced to retire in Rome

Juan Monaco (Foto Antonio Costantini)

Juan Monaco has announced he has withdrawn from the Italian Open on the day he was due to play his quarter-final match with Lucas Pouille.

The Argentine beat fourth seed Stan Wawrinka in three sets on Thursday in an outstanding display but he has cited a left hip problem as the reason.

It means Pouille is the first name through to the semi-finals and he has made the most of his lucky loser position this week. The Frenchmen was beaten in qualifying but given a place in the main draw and a bye to the second round following Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s withdrawal.