Australia’s Nick Kyrgios was set to face off against Roger Federer in the BNP Paribas Open quarterfinals on Thursday, but withdrew with food poisoning, he announced on social media just hours before he was scheduled to play.
“Unfortunately I am unable to play today due to sickness,” Kyrgios said in a message on Twitter. “At this stage we think it’s food poisoning, and I’m praying it’s nothing more. 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 that I’m unable to take the court bulit I have to put my health first and I hope you understand.”
Those who follow tennis were excited for this matchup as the two would have been playing against one another for only the second time, with the first being a thrilling victory from Kyrgios in Madrid two years ago.
The young Aussie was also playing some of the best tennis of career, beating Novak Djokovic for the second time in three weeks on his way to the final eight in Indian Wells.
With the withdrawal, Federer, a four-time champion in Indian Wells, walks into the semifinals. He will take on the winner of American Jack Sock and Japan’s Kei Nishikori.
The other semifinal will see Stan Wawrinka take on Pablo Carreno Busta.