Wawrinka reaches Dubai final as Kyrgios quits due to injury

Wawrinka reaches Dubai final as Kyrgios quits due to injury
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Published February 26th, 2016 - 18:41 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Nick Kyrgios followed Novak Djokovic as an injury pullout victim at the Dubai Tennis Championships on Friday as the Australian quit his semi-final trailing 6-4, 3-0 to hand Stan Warwinka a trip to the hardcourt final.

Kyrgios, winner of a first career trophy last weekend in Marseille, fell victim to back problems which required treatment on court after the seventh game of the first set.

The 20-year-old ranked 33rd now faces a quick turnaround if he's to figure in next weekend's Davis Cup World Group tie against the US in Melbourne on grass.

The Kyrgios withdrawal came in the wake of on-form top seed and four-time champion Novak Djokovc Thursday. The the Serb could not go on against Feliciano Lopez due to infections in both eyes which came on during the week.

Wawrinka, the French open champion who has won his last eight finals, will face either Spain's sixth seed Lopez or former Australian Open runner-up Marcos Baghdatis in the final on Saturday at the Aviation Club.

"I'm in the finals so there is one more match to play my best tennis, that's the most important," Wawrinka said,. "If you look from the beginning of the week I was not playing great at all.

"I was trying to find a way. I'm happy I improved this week, not playing some great tennis, frustrated during matches but still fighting and trying to find solutions to win more matches to play better.

"I stared to feel better on court already yesterday. I'm moving better, I'm a little bit more relaxed and my strokes are going better."

Wawrinka looked like easily imposing his authority early in the mat as he twice broke the erratic Kyrgios - who saved break points in the opening game with a pair of aces.

But the Swiss could not hold onto his margin, losing both of the breaks as Kyrgios fought back to 4-all.

But the experienced Wawrinka calmly broke again for 5-4 and served out the set a game later after 44 minutes.

Kyrgios collapsed in the second set as he dropped to 0-3 before stopping play due to his back pain.

The win put Wawrinka into his second final of the season after winning Chennai in early January.

"He wasn't really there from the beginning, wasn't serving his best," Wawrinka said. "But you never know what to expect, with him.

"I was focused on myself. I wasn't expecting anything. I was trying to play my game, to stay tough, stay there, trying to win every point and that's it."

The Swiss now leads the series 2-1 with no problems on court between the pair as they met for the first time since Kyrgios provoked a major incident by casting a sexual slur concerning Wawrinka's WTA girlfriend Donna Vekic during a match in Montreal last August.

"The tension was there because it's a semi-final and I don't want to lose. I want to win," Wawrinka said.

"I want to play better tennis. I want to be in the final and have a chance to get the trophy.

"That's why I get the tension. But the rest, there wasn't, from my side, anything special."

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