Nadal to face Djokovic in Sony Open title match

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. — No. 1-ranked Rafael Nadal and No. 2 Novak Djokovic advanced to the Sony Open final without playing a point Friday.

Both received walkovers when their semifinal opponents withdrew for health reasons. That left Nadal and Djokovic to play for the title Sunday in their 40th career meeting and their first of 2014.

It was the first time since at least 1968 that an ATP Tour event had two walkovers in the semifinals.

Djokovic was given a walkover for the second time in the tournament when Kei Nishikori withdrew because of a left groin injury. Four hours later, Tomas Berdych pulled out before his match against Nadal due to gastroenteritis.

Perhaps a thousand fans arrived at the stadium unaware the Nadal match had been canceled, and they jeered the announcement.

The wave of ailments left the tournament with only two women's doubles matches. Former No. 1 Martina Hingis advanced to her first doubles final since 2007 when she and Sabine Lisicki beat Cara Black and Sania Mirza 6-3, 6-4.

Today, No. 1 Serena Williams will try for her seventh Key Biscayne title when she plays Li Na.

Djokovic also received a walkover in the third round and has played only six sets in the tournament. He's seeking his fourth title in the event, while Nadal is 0-3 in Key Biscayne finals, one of only three ATP Masters 1000 tournaments he has yet to win.


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