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No Federer vs Kyrgios: Aussie withdraws with illness

BNP Paribas Open - Day 10

INDIAN WELLS, CA - MARCH 15: Nick Kyrgios of Australia plays a forehand during his straight set victory against Novak Djokovic of Serbia in their fourth round match during day ten of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 15, 2017 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn from his quarterfinal against Roger Federer at the BNP Paribas Open because of what he thinks is food poisoning.

The Australian, who beat No. 2 Novak Djokovic in the fourth round, was supposed to face 18-time major champion Federer on Friday.

But less than two hours before they were to take the court, Kyrgios tweeted that he “had a restless night of being sick.”

He said “to play a great champion like Roger, I need to be at my best to have a chance.”

The tournament confirmed Kyrgios’ withdrawal on its website.

Federer will face Kei Nishikori or Jack Sock for a spot in the hard-court tournament’s final.