Japanese No. 1 Kei Nishikori was forced to withdraw from the Sony Open in Miami following a left groin injury he sustained ahead of the match. The world No. 21 was scheduled to meet second seed Novak Djokovic in the semi-final round at the event.
“Very sorry to say that I have to pull out today.” Nishikori said on his Facebook page. “Very disappointed and I am obviously very sorry for any fans that wanted to come out for this match. ”
The heart-wrenching twist of fate is a disappointing one for Nishikori, who worked his way through a gauntlet of tough opposition in Miami, including Grigor Dimitrov, David Ferrer and Roger Federer to reach the semi-finals. His quarter-final contest against Federer was a particularly impressive win, as he rallied from a set deficit to defeat the resurgent Swiss 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.
“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.” he added.
Djokovic, who is receiving his second walkover in Miami this fortnight, is through to the finals, where he will face either world No. 1 Rafael Nadal or Tomas Berdych.