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Nadal, Djokovic to play Miami final after 2 walkovers

U.S. Sports Desk, Mar 29 (EFE).- Spain's Rafael Nadal advanced to the final of the Sony Open Tennis event in Miami after Tomas Berdych was forced to withdraw due to gastroenteritis, just hours after fans were disappointed when Novak Djokovic booked a spot in the championship match when Kei Nishikori pulled out of the tournament with a groin injury. It marks the first time in tennis' Open Era, which dates back to the late 1960s, that an ATP Tour-level event has been hit by two semifinal walkovers.

Nadal, Djokovic to play Miami final after 2 walkovers

U.S. Sports Desk, Mar 29 (EFE).- Spain's Rafael Nadal advanced to the final of the Sony Open Tennis event in Miami after Tomas Berdych was forced to withdraw due to gastroenteritis, just hours after fans were disappointed when Novak Djokovic booked a spot in the championship match when Kei Nishikori pulled out of the tournament with a groin injury. It marks the first time in tennis' Open Era, which dates back to the late 1960s, that an ATP Tour-level event has been hit by two semifinal walkovers.

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

World number one Rafael Nadal and number two 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 The ATP Tour and Sony Open tournament officials said on their Twitter feeds that seventh-seeded Czech Berdych had withdrawn from his scheduled evening clash with top-seeded Nadal "due to gastroenteritis."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. bb/dj

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

World number one Rafael Nadal and number two 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 The ATP Tour and Sony Open tournament officials said on their Twitter feeds that seventh-seeded Czech Berdych had withdrawn from his scheduled evening clash with top-seeded Nadal "due to gastroenteritis."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. bb/dj

Berdych, Nishikori withdrawals shake up Miami Masters

By Steve Keating MIAMI (Reuters) - World number one Rafa Nadal and number two Novak Djokovic advanced to the final of the Sony Open in shocking fashion, receiving walkovers after their opponents pulled out of the tournament within hours of each other on Friday. Djokovic was first gifted a spot in Sunday's final when Japan's Kei Nishikori withdrew with a groin injury.

Nadal through to Miami semis with 3-set win over Raonic

Miami, Mar 28 (EFE).- Spain's Rafael Nadal advanced to the semifinals of the Sony Open Tennis with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory here over Canadian Milos Raonic, whose huge first serve put a scare into the world No. 1. Nadal came into Thursday night's match not having lost his serve in three matches but he gifted away a service game late in first set with double faults, leaving himself little margin for error the rest of the way against his powerful opponent.

Tennis: Nadal advances to Miami semis

Top seed Rafael Nadal advanced to the semi-finals of the ATP Tour's Miami Masters tournament Thursday by rallying to beat Canadian Milos Raonic 4-6, 6-2, 6-4. Spain's Nadal, who has lost three times in the Miami final, clinched the victory on the first match point in the third set when Raonic failed to reach a spinning serve out wide. Nadal advances to the semis, where he will face seventh seeded Tomas Berdych, who cooled off the red-hot Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov in straight sets, 6-4, 7-6 (7/3), earlier in the day.

Nadal out slugs Raonic to reach Miami semis

By Steve Keating MIAMI (Reuters) - World number one Rafa Nadal took another step towards a first Miami title by out-slugging big-hitting Canadian Milos Raonic 4-6 6-2 6-4 on Thursday to reach the semi-finals of the Sony Open. Nadal, a three-time runner-up on the Miami hardcourts, will play seventh seed Tomas Berdych for a place in Sunday's final after the Czech eased into the last four with 6-4 7-6 (3) win over Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov.

Tennis: Nadal, Berdych book Miami semi-final berths

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal advanced to the semi-finals of the ATP Tour's Miami Masters tournament Thursday by rallying to beat Canadian 12th seed Milos Raonic 4-6, 6-2, 6-4. Spain's Nadal, who has lost three times in the Miami final, clinched the victory on the first match point in the third set when Raonic failed to reach a spinning serve out wide on hardcourts at the Crandon Park Tennis Center.

Tennis: ATP-WTA Miami results - 2nd update

Results on Thursday from the 10th day of the WTA and ATP Miami Masters (x denotes seeded player): Men Quarter-finals Tomas Berdych (CZE x7) bt Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR x22) 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) Rafael Nadal (ESP x1) bt Milos Raonic (CAN x12) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 Women Semi-finals Serena Williams (USA x1) bt Maria Sharapova (RUS x4) 6-4, 6-3 afp
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