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Alexandr Dolgopolov hurts knee as Fernando Verdasco wins Kooyong title

Fernando Verdasco clinched the Kooyong Classic title but Alexandr Dolgopolov looks set to miss the Australian Open.

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Alexandr Dolgopolov appears in some doubt for the Australian Open after withdrawing during the Kooyong Classic final on Friday.

The Ukrainian was trailing Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 7-6 (7-3) when he called it quits, citing a knee injury.

Dolgopolov, seeded 21st for the first grand slam of the year, is due to face Italian Paolo Lorenzi in the Australian Open first round.

The 26-year-old underwent knee surgery in 2014, and is worried he may miss the year's first grand slam.

"It's my right knee, I had surgery on it last year and it started to feel the same as before," Dolgopolov told Channel Seven.

"The knee is locked, I'm going to get a scan and I really hope I'll be able to play but I'm not sure of that.

"I'm not really thinking [about my first-round] match, I'm just hoping I can get out on court. That would be good for me.

"It's a pity I need to be scanned and maybe not be able to play, I had good preparation, unfortunately it's like this."

For Verdasco, it marked his second Kooyong title " adding to his 2010 triumph.

The day's other match saw Frenchman Richard Gasquet, who appeared to be feeling his back at times, edge Japan's Kei Nishikori 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (8-6).

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