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Kei Nishikori withdraws from Sony Open, Novak Djokovic advances to final

(Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) Kei Nishikori took down Roger Federer 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 in the quarterfinals. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Kei Nishikori on Friday withdrew from the Sony Open with a left-groin injury, sending Novak Djokovic into Sunday's final.

Nishikori needed three sets to defeat both No. 5 Roger Federer and No. 4 David Ferrer on back-to-back days to advance to the semifinals. But it appears the 48 hours of rest weren't enough to recover from the more than five hours he spent on court during both matches combined.

Nishikori wrote a message to fans on Facebook:

Very sorry to say that I have to pull out today. Very disappointed and I am obviously very sorry for any fans that wanted to come out for this match. This tournament is very special to me and look forward to coming back in the years to come. I will work with my medical team to be back healthy as soon as possible.
The walkover is Djokovic's second of the tournament after Florian Mayer withdrew in the third round. He will play either No. 1 Rafael Nadal or No. 7 Tomas Berdych in the final. The No. 2 is trying to win his fourth Miami title and complete the Indian Wells-Miami double for the second time, having done so in 2011.