Nadal, Djokovic both reach Miami final via walkover

by: AP March 28, 2014

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic advanced to the Sony Open final without playing a point Friday.

Both advanced when their semifinal opponents withdrew for health reasons. They'll play for the title Sunday in their 40th career meeting and their first of 2014.

Djokovic received a walkover for the second time in the tournament when Kei Nishikori withdrew because of a left groin injury. Four hours later, Tomas Berdych withdrew before his match against Nadal because of gastroenteritis.

The No. 2-ranked Djokovic will be bidding for his fourth Key Biscayne title. Regardless of the result, Nadal will remain No. 1 next week.

Nishikori won a grueling three-set match against Roger Federer on Wednesday night and also won a three-setter against David Ferrer in the fourth round, when he saved four match points.

Nishikori tweeted the news after he tried to practice before the match.

"Very disappointed and I am obviously very sorry for any fans," he said.

The two cancelled matches left the tournament with only two women's doubles matches.

Former No. 1 Martina Hingis advanced to her first doubles final since 2007 when she and Sabine Lisicki beat Cara Black and Sania Mirza 6-3, 6-4.

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