Britain’s Andy Murray will face world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the final of the Miami Open after the Serb beat Juan Monaco and Murray progressed by walkover against Rafael Nadal.
Nadal suffered a knee injury in the run-up to the Indian Wells tournament earlier this month, and aggravated the problem in his quarterfinal win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, leading him to pull out of the tournament.
Murray has only played three matches to reach the final, after receiving another walkover against Canada’s Milos Raonic in the third round, and a bye in the first round.
Murray was surprised by the situation, but relieved to conserve his energy, he said.
“I don't really know how I'm going to feel for the final, but I'll definitely be fresh,” he said in comments on the tournament website.
Nadal felt it would be dishonest of him to make a token appearance in the semifinal, the Spaniard said.
“I am not ready to compete, and I cannot go on court and lie to everybody,” he said on the event’s website.
Djokovic qualified for the final with a 6-0, 7-6 win over Argentine 21st seed Juan Monaco, a surprise semifinalist.
The Serbian player did not expect Murray’s walkover to have much effect on the final, he said.
“It's going to be a good match. I don't think it's going to affect him that much that he hasn't played today, but we'll see,” he said on the event’s website.
In the women’s doubles, the fifth-seeded Russian pair of Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrov will play Italians Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci in the final after defeating United States player Vania King and Romania’s Monica Niculescu 6-3, 6-4 in the semifinal.