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Rafael Nadal is forced to retire from match in Miami Open

Rafael Nadal is forced to retire from match in Miami Open

Rafael Nadal faded in the subtropical heat and retired after falling behind in the third set of his opening match at the Miami Open against Bosnia's Damir Dzumhur.

The No. 5-seeded Nadal trailed 2-6, 6-4, 3-0 when he called it quits after losing a point to fall behind 30-15. He had earlier consulted with a trainer at his chair between games three times, and had his blood pressure checked.

The match lasted less than two hours, but the weather was sunny and humid, with a temperature approaching 90 degrees and even higher on the stadium hardcourt.

Eight-time champion Serena Williams avoided the upset bug and seemed unfazed by the weather. The South Floridian earned her 20th...

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