Istomin takes Chengdu title as injury forces Baghdatis retirement
Marcos Baghdatis was denied the chance to claim a first ATP tournament win in seven years as he retired injured in the Chengdu Open final.
Denis Istomin lifted the Chengdu Open trophy after Marcos Baghdatis was forced to retire through injury in Sunday's final.
Trailing 3-2 in the opening set,Â Baghdatis slumped to the floor in clear distress after serving at 15-30.
The 32-year-old was quickly comforted by his opponent, who placed a towel under Baghdatis' head as the Cypriot was attended to by a physio.
It was soon clear that Baghdatis, who had been seeking his first title since 2010,Â was unable to continue, meaning Istomin was crowned the champion in an anti-climactic end to the tournament.
The Chengdu Open's official Twitter account later attributed Baghdatis' retirement to a back injury.
Denis Istomin def. Marcos Baghdatis 32 Ret'd. Baghdatis retired due to a back problem. pic.twitter.com/1k7atHJjjaâ€” Chengdu Open (@ChengduOpen) October 1, 2017
Istomin is now a two-time winner on the ATP World Tour, this latest triumph following his breakthrough tournament victory in Nottingham two years ago.