Djokovic and Nadal set up blockbuster final in Miami

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Updated: March 30, 2014

Nadal v Djokovic

Novak Djokovic will take on Rafa Nadal in a blockbuster final at the Miami Masters following a bitter sweet day for the fans at Crandon Park.

The much anticipated final between the world’s top two players was set up without either of them having to hit a ball.

Djokovic was due to take on Kei Nishikori however the Japanese superstar, conqueror of Roger Federer in the previous round, was forced to withdraw due to a serious left groin problem.

Nishikori had been suffering for several weeks with the injury and was forced to retire from Delray Beach about 4 weeks ago.

The problem appears to have been aggravated by his two previously draining three set encounters against David Ferrer and Roger Federer.

A few hours later the fans were left even more disappointed when Tomas Berdych announced that his tournament was over due to a severe stomach ailment, setting up the dream final everybody was hoping for.

The pair will meet for the 40th time in one of the great rivalries in world sport, with the Serbian world number two holding a 22-17 advantage over his Spanish rival.

Nineteen of of these clashes have come in finals with Djokovic again holding the edge 10-9. In 2013 the pair met on six occasions with three wins apiece.

Djokovic, a three times winner in Miami, is looking for a second consecutive Masters Series title after his win at Indian Wells, while Nadal will be gunning for a record extending 27th Masters title and will be attempting to win his first title in Miami after finishing runner up on three occasions, including the 2011 final when Djokovic triumphed in a thrilling three sets.