(March 28, 2014) Seventh seed Tomas Berdych has been forced to withdraw from the Sony Open due to gastroenteritis. Rafael Nadal will advance to the final with a walkover. He will play Novak Djokovic for the Miami Masters title on Sunday. This will mark their 40th head-to-head meeting.
Earlier in the day Kei Nishikori withdrew from his semifinal against Djokovic with a left groin injury.
“I just woke up with a pain in my stomach, just went for toilet, and got really strong diarrhea,” Berdych said. “And since then, it starts to go on and on. More time, diarrhea, and then also throwing up and stuff like that.
“So I lost so much of the liquid and all the possible energy I could have.
“Came here. Tried to do as much as I could, you know, see the doctors, receiving the IV, and basically not with good results that I can basically go and try.”
“It’s not what we wish for,” Adam Barrett, the Sony Open tournament director said. “First, I just want to thank Tomas that he did ‑‑ that he got out to the site. We all know when you’re not feeling well, especially with the stomach bug of some sort, flu, virus, even a bad cold, you know, most of us don’t go to work.
“Yet to try to come out and prepare for a three‑set match against the No. 1 player in the world, it took a lot of effort for him to do that. As I said, most of us would have been in bed watching TV all day.
“So I really appreciate that he gave it a shot. Appreciate all the work that the doctors did trying to get him ready. But unfortunately we have been unlucky today. It’s never happened before.”
“It’s very unlucky, very unusual for something that can happen,” Rafael Nadal said. “Sorry for Kei, sorry for Tomas, and sorry for the tournament, especially sorry for the fans.”
This weekend’s finals will both feature match-ups of the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked players in the world. Saturday’s women’s final at 1 pm will see No. 1 Serena Williams taking on No. 2 Li Na. The men’s final at 2:30 pm on Sunday will see No. 1 Nadal battling No. 2 Djokovic.