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Nishikori injury blow ahead of Wimbledon

Japan’s world number six Kei Nishikori suffered a pre-Wimbledon blow when he was forced to pull out of the ATP Halle tournament on Wednesday with a rib injury.

Nishikori, seeded two in Germany behind Roger Federer and a semi-finalist in 2014 and 2015, was to play Florian Mayer.

“I’m very sad to not be able to go on playing,” Nishikori said.

It was not immediately clear if he would be fit for Wimbledon, which begins in under two weeks.

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