Rafael Nadal has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled Friday semifinal against Andy Murray due to a knee injury, according to a press release sent out from the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open. Nadal commented on the injury after the news broke, saying that he was simply not ready to compete.
"I waited until today in the morning. I did a lot of treatment yesterday," said Nadal. "But I am not ready to compete today. I am very sorry for the fans. I'm very sorry for the tournament. I'm very sorry for everybody who was ready to watch the match on television... I cannot go on court and lie to everybody."
Murray will automatically advance to the finals in Key Biscayne as a result of Nadal's withdrawal. While that's good news for the Scot, it unfortunately robs fans of what could have been an epic match between the World's No. 2 and No. 4 ranked players.