Fognini a doubt for Australia

Fabio Fognini is an injury doubt ahead of the Australian Open after being forced to retire from his second round match against Yuki Bhambri at the ATP Chennai Open.

The Italian world No 16, who had on Monday withdrawn from the doubles due to a thigh injury, retired from his second-round match against the Indian wildcard after an hour's play on the centre court.

The 195th-ranked Bhambri won the first set 6-1, and the scores were tied 5-5 in the second set when Fognini opted to call time on the contest.

The Italian became the sixth player and the third seeded star, after number two Mikhail Youzhny of Russia and defending champion Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia, to pull out of the 275,000 season-opener.

"I feel very bad that I am not being able to compete in this tournament," said the 26-year-old. "I felt okay for the last two days, but there was a lot of pain during the match.

"I really don't know what I will do now. Whether I should go home, or go to Sydney to practice. At this stage I can't say I will be fit for the Australian Open.

Extent of the injury

"I need to have check-ups to know the full extent of the injury, but the only thing I can do now is rest and hope for the best."

Bhambri, 21, a former Australian Open junior champion, said he was delighted to make the quarter-finals of his home tournament even if it came the easy way.

"That is the nature of the game," he said. "I did feel bad for Fognini but it is important to make use of any advantage that comes my way. I thought I played well and am ready for the next match."

Bhambri takes on fifth seed Vasek Posposil of Canada, who secured a walk-over when Taiwam's Yen-Hsun Lu opted out with a leg inury.

Sixth seed Marcel Granollers of Spain cruised into the quarter-finals with a 6-2 6-4 win over Indian qualifier Ramkumar Ramanathan.

Granollers will now face Benoit Paire after the French fourth seed thrashed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 6-1 6-4.