Tennis - Nishikori pulls out of Toronto with infected toe

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Tennis - Nishikori pulls out of Toronto with infected toe
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 01: Kei Nishikori of Japan returns a shot to Richard Gasquet of France during the Citi Open at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center on August 1, 2014 in Washington, DC. Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP (AFP Photo/Rob Carr)

- Japan's Kei Nishikori has withdrawn from next week's ATP Toronto Masters event with an infected toe, the tour announced Sunday.

Nishikori, ranked 11th, lost to France's 14th-ranked Richard Gasquet in the ATP Washington quarter-finals on Friday.

The Asian number one struggled at times in moving across the court against Gasquet, a US Open semi-finalist last year, but insisted after the match that there was no health problem.

"I'm fine," he said. "He just played well."

Nishikori, who was hoping for a strong US hardcourt season in the run-up to the US Open, must now look to the Cincinnati Masters tournament in two weeks in what figures to be his final warm-up event before the year's final Grand Slam event begins at Flushing Meadows on August 25.


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