Sony Open Men's Semi-finals
Nadal, Djokovic to Meet in Final; Nishikori, Berdych Withdraw Due to Injury and Illness
March 28 2014 ITS Staff Miami, Florida – Second-seed Novak Djokovic entered th final of the Sony Open Tennis without hitting a ball when Kei Nishikori pulled out prior to the semi-final match on Friday afternoon according to the tournament committee.
The Japanese No.1 had to withdraw because of a left groin injury according to his Facebook Page: “Very sorry to say that I have to pull out today. Very disappointed and I am obviously very sorry for any fans that wanted to come out for this match. This tournament is very special to me and look forward to coming back in the years to come. I will work with my medical team to be back healthy as soon as possible.”
Nishikori reached the semi-finals after a three-set upset win over Roger Federer in the quarter-finals on Wednesday. On Sundays final, Djokovic will bid to win his fourth Miami crown either against World No. 1 Rafael Nadal or Tomas Berdych for the title.
Tomas Berdych has also withdrawn from the Sony Open Tennis semi-finals due to stomach illness thus giving Rafael Nadal a free ride to the finals.
The Sony Open Tennis tournament committee announced earlier that “Tomas Berdych has been forced to withdraw from the 2014 Sony Open Tennis due to gastroenteritis and will be unable to play in tonight’s semifinal match versus Rafael Nadal.”
Berdych, a 2010 Sony Open finalist and this year’s No. 7 seed, was looking to capture his first Sony Open title. With the withdrawal Nadal advances to the Sony Open final for the fourth time. Nadal has previously reached the final in 2005 (vs. Roger Federer), 2008 (vs. Nikolay Davydenko), and 2011 (vs. Djokovic).
In women's doubles semi-finals, former World No.1 Martina Hingis and 2013 Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki's upset No.5 seeds Cara Black and Sania Mirza, 6-3 6-4 to reach their first final as a team. They will play No.2 seeds Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina who defeated No.8 seeds Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears.
Miami Men's Singles Semi-finals Friday Mar 28
1-Rafael Nadal beat 7-Tomas Berdych w.o. (illness)
2-Novak Djokovic vs 20-Kei Nishikori w.o. (injury)
Miami Women's Doubles Semi-finals Friday Mar 28
Martina Hingis/Sabine Lisicki beat 5-Cara Black/Sania Mirza 6-3 6-4
2-Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesnina vs 8-Raquel Jones/Abigail Spears 7-5 7-5