Nishikori pulls out of Miami semi with groin injury

Fri Mar 28, 2014 5:10pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

MIAMI (Reuters) - World number two Novak Djokovic received a walkover into the final of Sony Open on Friday after Japan's Kei Nishikori withdrew with a groin injury.

Nishikori, seeded 20th, had reached the last four after registering a pair of spectacular three-set upsets, defeating Spain's David Ferrer in the fourth round followed by a quarter-final win over Swiss 17-times grand slam winner Roger Federer.

The disappointing withdrawal ended a remarkable Miami run by the 24-year-old Nishikori, who knocked off three top 15 seeds, number 15 Grigor Dimitrov, number five Federer and number four Ferrer to get to the semi-finals.

"It's really sad, of course, semi-final in a big tournament," Nishikori told reporters. "Was really playing well and beating Dimitrov, David and Roger. I was really excited to play here the semis.

"But unfortunately I couldn't move side-to-side. Just tried to warm up today, but I couldn't move."

Nishikori said that the groin had been bothering him for sometime but flared up during his match against Federer that ran late into an unusually cool evening in South Florida.

The Japanese number one also retired during the Delray Beach tournament in February for similar reasons.

"I really felt (it) the last match against Roger, the quarter-final," said Nishikori. "I had it before Indian Wells, and I hurt it in Delray. It wasn't 100 percent yet."   Continued...

Mar 26, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Kei Nishikori reacts against Roger Federer (not pictured) on day ten of the Sony Open at Crandon Tennis Center. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports