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First-round retirements match record

Updated: January 15, 2014, 2:44 AM ET
Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia -- The nine first-round retirements at the Australian Open -- eight men and one woman -- equaled a record for the most retirements or walkovers in a single round at any Grand Slam in the Open era.

As the heat wave continued at Melbourne Park on Wednesday, 32nd-seeded Ivan Dodig became the 10th player to withdraw from the tournament. He retired due to cramping while trailing Bosnian qualifier Damir Dzumhur 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 4-1.

Tournament officials said the nine ...

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