Nishikori withdraws from Miami semifinal with left groin injury

by: Ed McGrogan March 28, 2014

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Just over an hour before his scheduled semifinal with Novak Djokovic at the Miami Masters, Kei Nishikori withdrew with a left groin injury. Nishikori was coming off back-to-back wins over David Ferrer, during which he saved four match points, and Roger Federer.

Djokovic will face either world No. 1 Rafael Nadal or Tomas Berdych in Sunday's final.

From the AP:

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Novak Djokovic advanced to the Sony Open final when Kei Nishikori withdrew less than two hours before Friday's semifinal because of a groin injury.

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 No. 2-ranked Djokovic will bid for his fourth Key Biscayne title Sunday against the winner of Friday night's match between No. 1 Rafael Nadal and No. 7 Tomas Berdych.

Djokovic also received a walkover in the third round and has played only six sets in the tournament. He won the Indian Wells title two weeks ago, when he beat Federer in the final.

Regardless of results the rest of the week, Nadal will remain No. 1 and Djokovic No. 2 next week.

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