Novak Djokovic gets free pass into Miami Masters final

CNN/Stylemagazine.com Newswire | 3/28/2014, 3:42 p.m.
Novak Djokovic got more good luck at the Miami Masters on Friday.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic dropped just two games in a comprehensive defeat of France's Nicolas Mahut at the Australia Open on Saturday, January 21, 2012. The Serb took just 74 minutes to record a 6-0 6-1 6-1 against the Frenchman who struggled with a knee injury throughout the match. FILE - Novak Djokovic in London in July 2011.

Novak Djokovic got more good luck at the Miami Masters on Friday.

For the second time during the tournament, the world No. 2 didn't need to hit a ball to advance in the draw.

His third-round opponent, Florian Mayer, was a walkover because of a groin injury and now the Serb goes straight into Sunday's final after Kei Nishikori pulled out -- with a groin injury.

It was a bitter blow to Nishikori since the hard-hitting Japanese baseliner upset 17-time grand slam champion Roger Federer in the quarterfinals Wednesday and 2013 Miami finalist David Ferrer in a three-hour battle a day earlier.

Nishikori, who trains in Florida, was bidding to reach his maiden Masters final.

"Very sorry to say that I have to pull out today," the 21st-ranked Nishikori said on his Facebook page. "Very disappointed and I am obviously very sorry for any fans that wanted to come out for this match.

"This tournament is very special to me and (I) look forward to coming back in the years to come. I will work with my medical team to be back healthy as soon as possible."

Djokovic is one win away from doing the Indian Wells and Miami double, which would replicate his 2011 feat.

He will face either world No. 1 Rafael Nadal or former Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych in the final.