Indian Well - Australian star Nick Kyrgios withdrew from his Indian Wells Masters
quarter-final showdown with Roger Federer on Friday, blaming food
poisoning for a sudden illness.
"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."
Kyrgios had been due to face Federer after knocking out Novak Djokovic in the last 16 on Wednesday.
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.
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
"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.
you feel better @NickKyrgios," said the Swiss ace, who will face either
fourth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan or 17th-seeded Jack Sock of the
Federer, who seized his 18th Grand Slam title at
the Australian Open in January after a 2016 campaign disrupted by
injury, took the court briefly Friday to speak to disappointed fans.
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 final in Melbourne.
"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.
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."