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Tennis: Nishikori out of Miami, hands Djokovic final spot

Published on Mar 29, 2014 2:06 AM

MIAMI (AFP) - Japan's Kei Nishikori took to Twitter Friday to announce his withdrawal from the ATP Miami Masters, where he had been due to take on Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals.

"Very sorry to say that I have to pull out today," said Nishikori. "Very disappointed and I am obviously very sorry for any fans that wanted to come out for this match."

The 24-year-old Japanese player, who upset Swiss great Roger Federer to reach the second Masters semi-final of his career, didn't specify his reason for pulling out, but tournament officials later tweeted that he had a groin injury.

His withdrawal gives world number two Djokovic a walkover into Sunday's final, where he'll face either world number one Rafael Nadal or Czech Tomas Berdych.

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