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Novak Djokovic consulting with the tournament doctors.

The stellar unbeaten run of Novak Djokovic comes to a end

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Novak Djokovic's run of 17 consecutive final appearances comes to an end - albeit not by an opponent. An eye infection forced the world number one to retire at the end of the first set against Feliciano Lopez in the quarter-finals of the Dubai Open.

The streak ends one tournament short of the all-time record set by Ivan Lendl in the 1981-1982 season. It also ends his unbeaten start to the year which stood at 14-0.

Lopez broke the Djokovic serve in the opening game and consolidated the break by holding on to his own serve. The Spaniard broke his opponent's serve again in the ninth game to seal the first set and as it turned out the match.

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Djokovic had seen the trainer midway through the first set and his eyes were noticeably bloodshot as he left the court.

Quite incredibly, there were some fans who booed and whistled when he left the court. While obviously disappointed to not see through a full match, to boo a player with the quality of Djokovic off the court is poor, to say the least.

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The Serbian was quite rightly disgusted with what he heard, angrily gesturing to the offenders in the crowd. While it is not the preferred way to win a match for Lopez, the victory still counts in the head-to-head column and it is his first win in eight meetings against Djokovic.

Lopez will now play veteran Marcos Baghdatis in the semi-final, who upset Roberto Bautista Agut 7-5 6-0.

Also, in the Dubai Open, Stanislas Wawrinka and Nick Kyrgios will clash for the first time since the infamous sledging incident in Canada last year, where the Australian was widely criticised and sanctioned by the ATP and Tennis Australia.

Kyrgios won his way through to the contest by defeating Tomas Berdych for the second time in a week 6-4 6-4. While Wawrinka strolled through his quarter-final clash against Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-5 6-1.

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The Swiss - who is the number four in the world - has downplayed any tension between the two by saying their relationship is “normal”. Confirming that they are “not friends”, Wawrinka said they spent some time together while playing for the Singapore Slammers in the Indian Premier Tennis League and last year's incident is now in the past.

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