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.
Very sorry to say that I have to pull out today. Very disappointed and I am obviously very sorry for any fans... http://t.co/drquupL4BB— Kei Nishikori (@keinishikori) March 28, 2014
#Nishikori has withdrawn from his semifinal matchup with Djokovic with a groin injury. Our ticket policy will be released shortly.— Sony Open Tennis (@SonyOpenTennis) March 28, 2014
With Nishikori out, Djokovic advances to final. Coming up at 3 pm on ESPN2, an encore of Nadal-Raonic from last night. #ESPNTennis— ESPNTennis (@ESPNTennis) March 28, 2014
No doubt Kei's grueling wins over Ferrer and Federer contributed to w/d injury. Waiting to see what #SonyOpenTennis will do re schedule.— Tennis Panorama News (@TennisNewsTPN) March 28, 2014
Paging Roger Federer: Thousands of fans in Miami looking for a nice match to watch against a guy named Novak. Are you available?— Tom Perrotta (@TomPerrotta) March 28, 2014
the #FedCurse continues...more proof that it just doesn't pay to beat the federer!— Tennis Tweets (@tennistweetscom) March 28, 2014
If this injury changes Kei's status for Davis Cup, we would be looking at a CZE/JPN tie without Berdych and Nishikori.— Josh Meiseles (@jmeistennis) March 28, 2014