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2011 Barcelona (R1 = Bye) Round 2: Tomas Berdych vs Kei Nishikori - Unfortunately it's a late withdrawal Berdych pulls out due to illness

Posted on April 19, 2011 at 3:19 PM

Tomas earned a bye in the first round as the No. 5 seed and will play against Kei Nishikori in his opening match. Match is scheduled on Wednesday.

Updated on Tuesday 19 April 2011: LATE WITHDRAWAL

Tomas Berdych Forced to Withdraw due to illness

World No. 48 Kei Nishikori advanced to the second round, having been leading 6-2 when his Spanish opponent, Pere Riba, was forced to retire. The Japanese player is making his debut in Barcelona on the back of reaching his first ATP World Tour clay-court final in Houston (l. to Sweeting) 10 days ago.

The 21-year-old Nishikori had been due to face fifth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych in the second round, but Berdych was forced to withdraw due to a viral gastroenteritis also called the "stomach flu" and is replaced by Portuguese lucky loser Rui Machado.

C'est la vie... Get Well Soon Tomas! <3

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