Kyrgios withdraws from Indian Wells with an apology

Mar 19, 2017, 00:13
Kyrgios withdraws from Indian Wells with an apology

"I played him before and I know what to expect", Kyrgios said.

He said: "At this stage we think it's food poisoning, and I'm praying it's nothing more".

Roger Federer has been brilliant in the ongoing Indian Wells Masters (Paribas Open) and his best was witnessed against Rafael Nadal in the round of 16.

Federer wins his quarter-final by walkover as a result, and will now face either World No. 5 Kei Nishikori or 17 seed Jack Sock, who will now play the first quarter-final after Kyrgios' withdrawal.

"I don't take these decisions lightly, these are the matches we train for, but I'm in no fit state to take the court". "It's just another match for me".

But now, finally, the 21-year-old looks to be on the right track and his impressive showing at the Paribas Open have put him in the headlines for the right reasons. So for me it was physically a good match.

The tone was set in the opening game where Federer sent down two scorching backhand winners to take Nadal's serve and a second break soon after wrapped up the set in just 36 minutes.

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Instead, ND shot 60% (6-of-10) in the final 5 minutes, allowing Princeton to stick around and keep chipping away at the lead. We stayed locked in on defense and then on the offense end, we was still in our movement.

But Federer has to contend with giant-killer Kyrgios tomorrow morning.

The 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) triumph over Djokovic on the Stadium Court the Serb had owned for three straight years came on the heels of Kyrgios's quarter-final triumph over Djokovic in Acapulco.

Meanwhile, Nick Kyrgios ended Novak Djokovic's reign at Indian Wells, toppling the World No. 2 in the fourth round of the year's first Masters event.

"I was able to hold my serve, and Rafa couldn't find a way to get into my service games more frequently".

Speaking to the crowd, Federer repeated that he's still on the comeback from the knee problems that led him to take time off from tournament play after Wimbledon previous year. He's one of the greatest players of all time but I'm playing with confidence. He had played Federer only once before, beating him in an epic three-set match in Madrid in 2015. "It felt good to back it up again".

But he's had to battle to get this far in Indian Wells, where he saved four match points against Grigor Dimitrov in the third round and was two points away from defeat against Malek Jaziri in the fourth.