Here are the highlights to Friday's ATP semifinals matches at the Miami Masters, featuring Novak Djokovic vs. Kei Nishikori and Rafael Nadal vs. Tomas Berdych: ......
Suppose you are a tennis fan who has saved up and anticipated this tournament for several months. Spring break is centered upon that final weekend. You arrive on Saturday, but become disappointed in learning that Nishikori cannot compete because of a groin injury.
Tough luck. At least you have the Nadal match waiting in the wings.
Four hours later, you learn that Berdych withdraws because of pain in his stomach, even claiming that the restaurant was his tried and true routine, according to his tweets via SI.com.
Two matches ended without a single struck ball. Two walkovers. No Final Four tennis. However said, it is still disappointing.
It's not really Miami's fault, though the tennis gods may be sending some kind of subliminal message: We don't like your venue as a Masters 1000 event. Give it to Brazil, Germany or somewhere in Central Africa.
If the fans all tossed burnt bagels onto the court, who could blame them?
And yet, it's not Miami's fault, even if Friday tennis was a total bust, like a weak rerun of Miami Vice.
Really, it's not Miami's fault. It's just trying to host the Sony Open and provide good tennis. But something always goes wrong at this tournament, and we can't ignore the tennis gods. We are compelled to throw our Burnt Bagel award onto center court. May this offering alleviate future tennis sufferings at other 2014 venues.