Federer through to semis with walkover after Kyrgios illness

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Federer through to semis with walkover after Kyrgios illness

Federer through to semis with walkover after Kyrgios illness

LARRY W. SMITH

EFE

The Australian, who had beaten Nokak Djokovic in the previous round, withdrew with food poisoning. Federer will play Sock for a place in the final.

Roger Federer reached a 10th career Indian Wells semi-final by walkover on Friday after Nick Kyrgios withdrew from their eagerly awaited quarter-final clash with suspected food poisoning.

Federer, a four-time champion in the California desert, will take on 17th-seeded American Jack Sock, who toppled fourth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-3, 2-6, 6-2.

"Unfortunately I am unable to play today due to sickness," Kyrgios said on Twitter. "At this stage we think it's food poisoning, and I'm praying it's nothing more."

Krygios bests Djokovic twice in two weeks

Kyrgios had been due to face Federer after knocking out Novak Djokovic in the last 16 on Wednesday.

The Australian's illness is a cruel twist of fate for the talented 21-year-old, who has shown signs of finally starting to deliver on his promise in recent weeks after a young career marked by controversy.

His stylish win over Djokovic was the second time in as many weeks he had beaten the former world number one after also defeating the Serb in Acapulco.

In his statement on Friday, the world number 16 said he had taken the decision to pull out in California with a heavy heart.

"After a restless night of being sick I have nothing left and to play a great champion like Roger I need to be at my best to have a chance," Kyrgios said. "I don't take this decision lightly, these are the matches we train for, but I'm in no fit state to take to the court," he added.

"I'm sorry to the fans... but I have to put my health first and I hope you understand."

Federer, meanwhile, tweeted his support to the Australian youngster.

Federer back on song

"I was actually really looking forward to the match," said Federer, who had looked sharp in a 6-2 6-3 dismantling of Rafael Nadal in the fourth round -- a reprise of his thrilling five-set victory over his old foe in the Australian Open final.

Federer's 18th Grand Slam title in January came after a frustrating 2016 campaign marred by injury.

"I think the six months off last year was really difficult," Federer said. "I played one tournament where I felt normal. All the other tournaments either I was sick, hurt or injured.

"To be back on court feeling normal again is so nice, you feel just happy and fresh and I think it translates also to my game. I can play freely, take chances like I have nothing to lose -- it might be one of the first times in a long, long time I feel this way."

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