Murray through to Miami final after Nadal pulls out of semi with knee injury
18:04 GMT, 30 March 2012
Andy Murray has been gifted a place in the final of the Miami Masters after his scheduled semi-final opponent Rafael Nadal announced his withdrawal due to a left knee injury.
Murray had been scheduled to battle the Spaniard for a place in the showpiece, but Nadal failed in his bid for fitness after struggling with the injury in his three-set quarter-final victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Pulled out: Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from his semi-final with Andy Murray due to a knee injury
Nadal's withdrawal has granted Murray, who won the tournament three years ago, his second walkover of the week, having been given a third-round pass over injured Canadian Milos Raonic.
Writing on his official Facebook page, Nadal said: 'So sorry for my fans, those here at Miami and those around the world. My knee won't let me play today.'
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Murray fancied his chances of overcoming Nadal, who has won 13 of their 18 meetings, after rebounding well from his shock first round loss in Indian Wells earlier this month.
Now Murray might get the chance for revenge against his Australian Open conqueror Novak Djokovic, who was due to face off against Argentina's Juan Monaco later for a place in the final.