No.7 Tomas Berdych Out with Gastroenteritis

Berdych Withdraws; Nadal to Face Djokovic in Final

Tomas Berdych has been forced to withdraw from the 2014 Sony Open Tennis due to gastroenteritis and will be unable to play in tonight’s semifinal match versus Rafael Nadal.

The women’s doubles semifinal between Raquel Kops-Jones/Abigail Spears and Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesnina has been moved to 7:30 pm on Stadium Court. 

Berdych, a 2010 Sony Open finalist and this year’s No. 7 seed, was looking to capture his first Sony Open title. With the withdrawal Nadal advances to the Sony Open final for the fourth time. Nadal has previously reached the final in 2005 (vs. Roger Federer), 2008 (vs. Nikolay Davydenko), and 2011 (vs. Djokovic). 

This weekend’s finals will both feature match-ups of the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked players in the world. Saturday’s women’s final at 1 pm will see No. 1 Serena Williams taking on No. 2 Li Na. The men’s final at 2:30 pm on Sunday will see No. 1 Nadal battling No. 2 Djokovic. 

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Hospitality and suite entertaining will continue as planned.