Nick Kyrgios withdraws from Japan Open due to knee injury

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Taylor Fritz advanced to the semi-finals of the Japan Open after Nick Kyrgios withdrew with a left knee injury on Friday.

Fritz, who spent a week in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 in Seoul last week, will next face Denis Shapovalov. The seventh-seeded Canadian defeated Borna Coric 6-4, 6-3.

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Kyrgios said he was taking a longer view and didn’t want to push his body.

“Obviously very disappointing, it’s one of my favorite tournaments, I have great memories here,” Kyrgios said.

“But stepping back is the smart option for my body. I have a few events left in the year and I want to do well at them, so I have to be smart.”

“I know that in this case, [pulling out] is probably overloaded rather than not being fit enough. I think it’s almost too excited to go out on the pitch and maybe train a bit too much,” he added.

“It’s positive but heartbreaking at the same time.”

Frances Tiafoe reached the semi-finals beating Miomir Kecmanovic 6-0, 6-4. Tiafoe, who didn’t drop a set in Tokyo, will play her fourth semifinal this season.

“I was moving very well. I hit the ball well from the back of the court,” Tifoe said. “I made it really difficult for Miomir today. He played good tennis. I was lucky to do it in straight sets. Performances like this are important.

Tiafoe will next face Kwon Soon-woo. The South Korean beat Pedro Martinez 6-3, 6-0.

Kyrgios’ knee injury also forced him to withdraw from the doubles semi-finals, where he and partner Thanasi Kokkinakis were scheduled to face Mackenzie McDonald and Marcelo Melo.

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