Murray makes final after Nadal pulls out

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Andy MURRAY has been gifted a place in the final of the Miami Masters after his semi-final opponent Rafael Nadal pulled out 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.

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.

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.