We won’t get to see Nick Kyrgios face Roger Federer at the BNP Paribas Open after the Australian withdrew from his quarter-final tie at Indian Wells due to a bout of food poisoning.
The 21-year-old had beaten Novak Djokovic in the previous round and was well equipped to produce another upset, but illness has forced him to pull out.
As disappointing as it is for Kyrgios, it’s great news for Federer. The Australian Open champion will be well rested when he faces Kei Nishikori or Jack Sock in the semi-final.
"At this stage we think it's food poisoning, and I'm praying it's nothing more," Kyrgios said in a statement.
"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.
"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. I'm sorry to the fans but I have to put my health first and I hope you understand.
"I want to wish Roger the best of luck for the rest of the tournament and thank everyone for their support so far here at the BNP Paribas Open. I will definitely be back. Thank you."
A pity. Kyrgios had beaten fellow rising star Alex Zverev and Djokovic to set up an exciting tie with Federer, but has smartly decided to withdraw.
Federer responded on Twitter
Federer, as classy as ever, responded by sending Kyrgios a nice message on Twitter.
“Hope you feel better @NickKyrgios,” Federer wrote, much to the delight of his Twitter followers.
Nishikori and Stan Wawrinka are the biggest threats remaining to Federer in the Californian tournament.
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