(March 28, 2014) A little over an hour before he was to play his semifinal against Novak Djokovic, Kei Nishikori pulled out of the Sony Open citing a left groin injury. Nishikori just scored back-to-back three-set wins over No. 4 David Ferrer in the fourth round and No. 5 Roger Federer in the quarterfinals.
For Djokovic, who automatically advances to the final against the winner of the Rafael Nadal – Tomas Berdych match, it’s his second walkover her received in Miami this year. Florian Mayer was forced to pull out before his match in the third round.
Nishkori announced his withdrawal on Facebook and Twitter:
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
“I really felt the last match against Roger, the quarterfinal,” Nishikori told media. “I had it before Indian Wells, and I hurt it in Delray. It wasn’t 100% yet.
“Yeah, it’s really sad, of course, semifinal in a big tournament. Was really playing well and beating Dimitrov, David, and Roger. I was really excited to play here the semis.
“But, you know, unfortunately I couldn’t moving side to side. Just tried to warm up today, but I couldn’t move.”
“I’m going to go back to see a doctor in Japan and see how bad it is. And I don’t know if I can play or not, but I will try.”
“t was a great run for me to beat two top 10 guys,” Nishikori said. “And Dimitrov was also playing well this year. And four good players to beat, it was a good week for me.
“So I have a lot of confidence, and it’s pretty unfortunate to get injured, but this was a very exciting and positive week for me.”