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Novak Djokovic said there was no way he could have played on against Andy Roddick after quitting their Australian Open quarter-final because of cramp.

Roger Federer said it was “disappointing” that the Serb “gave up” while trailing 6-7 6-4 6-2 2-1 in temperatures hitting 40C on court.

Defending champion Djokovic, 21, has failed to finish seven tour matches, four in Grand Slams.

“I always retire with a reason,” he said. “I felt I could not go on.”

Djokovic blamed cramp and “soreness in my whole body” as the defence of his Australian Open title ended in miserable fashion.

However, Federer, who later crushed Juan Martin del Potro to book a semi-final against Roddick, said he was not surprised to see Djokovic pull out.

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