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Davis Cup should be every two years: Japan captain

Tennis should scrap the Davis Cup's current format and hold the competition every two years to reduce wear and tear on players, Japan's captain Minoru Ueda told AFP in an interview on Sunday. "If we don't have a break, players are simply going to break down," Ueda said after Japan had been whitewashed 5-0 by title holders the Czech Republic in the quarter-finals. He believes asking players to squeeze international duty into increasingly packed schedules threatens to push the Davis Cup to breaking point.

Tennis: Injured Nishikori out of Japan Davis Cup clash

Japan's number one Kei Nishikori has been forced to pull out of this week's Davis Cup quarter-final against holders the Czech Republic in Tokyo because of a groin injury. The 24-year-old aggravated the troubled area while beating Roger Federer in Miami last week, prompting him to withdraw from his semi-final against Novak Djokovic.

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.

Tennis: Nishikori out of Miami, hands Djokovic final spot

Japan's Kei Nishikori withdrew from the ATP Miami Masters with a left groin injury on Friday, shortly before he was to meet world number two Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals. The injury ended Nishikori's sparkling run at the hardcourt tournament -- where he beat world number five David Ferrer and Swiss great Roger Federer in the fourth round and quarter-finals. It also throws into doubt Nishikori's participation in Japan's Davis Cup World Group quarter-final clash with holders Czech Republic, to be held in Tokyo from April 4-6.

Nishikori pulls out of Miami semi with groin injury

By Steve Keating MIAMI (Reuters) - World number two Novak Djokovic received a walkover into the final of Sony Open on Friday after Japan's Kei Nishikori withdrew with a groin injury. Nishikori, seeded 20th, had reached the last four after registering a pair of spectacular three-set upsets, defeating Spain's David Ferrer in the fourth round followed by a quarter-final win over Swiss 17-times grand slam winner Roger Federer.

Tennis: Nishikori out of Miami, hands Djokovic final spot

Japan's Kei Nishikori withdrew from the ATP Miami Masters with a left groin injury on Friday, shortly before he was to meet world number two Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals. The injury ended Nishikori's sparkling run at the hardcourt tournament -- where he beat world number five David Ferrer and Swiss great Roger Federer in the fourth round and quarter-finals. It also throws into doubt Nishikori's participation in Japan's Davis Cup World Group quarter-final clash with holders Czech Republic, to be held in Tokyo from April 4-6.

Tennis: Nishikori out of Miami, hands Djokovic final spot

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.

Nishikori stuns Federer to advance to Miami semis

Miami, Mar 27 (EFE).- Japan's Kei Nishikori pulled off the surprise of this year's Sony Open Tennis event, rallying to defeat red-hot Swiss Roger Federer 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 to advance to the semifinals. A day after saving four match points en route to upsetting fourth-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer in a grueling three-hour baseline slugfest, Nishikori defeated Federer, the No. 5 seed, Wednesday night to achieve his career best result at this elite hard-court event.

Tennis: Japan's Nishikori upsets Federer in Miami

World No. 5 Roger Federer crashed out of the ATP Miami Masters tournament on Wednesday, losing 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 in the quarter-finals to Japanese 20th seed Kei Nishikori. Nishikori blasted six aces and won 64 percent of his first serve points against Federer in the two hour and eight minute match on the hardcourts at Crandon Park. Nishikori advances to the semi-finals where he will face three-time Miami champ Novak Djokovic. gph/dw

Tennis: Japan's Nishikori upsets Federer in Miami

World No. 5 Roger Federer crashed out of the ATP Miami Masters tournament on Wednesday, losing 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 in the quarter-finals to Japanese 20th seed Kei Nishikori. Nishikori blasted six aces and won 64 percent of his first serve points against Federer in the two hour and eight minute match on the hardcourts at Crandon Park. Nishikori advances to the semi-finals where he will face three-time Miami champ Novak Djokovic. gph/dw
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