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Tennis: Nadal-Djokovic in Miami final after two semi-final walkovers

Published on Mar 29, 2014 6:38 AM

MIAMI (AFP) - World No. 1 Rafael Nadal and No. 2 Novak Djokovic advanced to the final of the Miami ATP Masters after both Kei Nishikori and Tomas Berdych pulled out of Friday's semi-finals.

The ATP Tour and Sony Open tournament officials said on their Twitter feeds that seventh-seeded Czech Berdych had withdrawn from his scheduled evening clash with top-seeded Nadal "due to gastroenteritis". Nishikori had earlier pulled out of his final-four meeting with Djokovic because of a groin injury.

It was a bizarre turn of events that wiped out the day’s singles action but nevertheless produced a predictable pair of finalists in the tournament’s top two seeds.

Berdych was at a loss to explain how he became so ill.

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