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Mardy Fish: 'Quitting against Feliciano Lopez wasn't an option'

Mardy Fish insists that pulling out of his US Open match with Feliciano Lopez with cramp was never an option as he brought his professional career to an end in New York.

Mardy Fish has revealed that he could barely make "three or four steps" without suffering from cramp towards the end of his US Open clash with Feliciano Lopez.

The American ended his career with a five-set defeat to the 18th seed at Flushing Meadows, but despite struggling with his movement, the former world number seven has insisted that he never considered withdrawing from his last match.

The 33-year-old told the official ATP Tour website: "I wasn't quitting. I was just cramping. I mean, both sides of both legs, if I moved anywhere close to three or four steps, two or three steps, it would go. You would have had to carry me off the court. I was definitely not stopping at that point."

Lopez moves on to face Milos Raonic in the last 32.

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Feliciano Lopez of Spain gestures during a match against Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia in their Men's First Round match on Day One of the 2015 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 31, 2015
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