Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn from the Japan Open due to a left knee injury.

The 27-year-old was due to face Taylor Fritz in the quarter-finals but pulled out just minutes before the clash.

It is not the first time Kyrgios has been plagued by his left knee, withdrawing from the Atlanta Open earlier this year with a similar issue. 

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However, the Australian stressed in his press conference that it is purely a precautionary decision, and not a serious concern.

“When your body lets you down, it’s not a good feeling,” Kyrgios said.

“I know in this case it’s probably overloading rather than not being fit enough.

“I think it’s almost being too excited to get on the court and maybe training a little bit too much.

“So it’s positive, but heartbreaking at the same time.”

Entering the Japan Open as the No. 5 seed, Kyrgios was in a strong position to challenge for the title.

He opened with a dominant win against Tseng Chun-hsin before prevailing in three sets against Kamil Majchrzak.

Kyrgios’ injury means he also withdraws from the doubles tournament alongside Thanasi Kokkinakis, with the duo having reached the semi-finals. 

“The Japanese fans are some of my favourite to play in front of,” he said.

“It’s been such an amazing week. Obviously playing four matches and winning all four, I’ve been feeling great.

“I definitely felt like I was a threat to win the tournament and go all the way in singles and doubles.”

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ATP tournaments in Basel or Paris later this month have been touted as potential return targets for Kyrgios.

However, recovery is now the top priority for the Australian.

“I’ve been playing amazing tennis all year and actually was dealing with a bit of a knee issue around the US Open time,” he explained.

“I got back home and probably didn’t take enough time off, to be honest. I went straight back into training.”

“But pulling out is the smart option for my body. I’ve got a couple of events left in the year and I want to do well in them, so I have to be smart.”

Kyrgios’ quarter-final opponent Fritz is now just one match away from the final in Tokyo but Canadian Denis Shapovalov stands in his way.

Unseeded Kwon Soon-woo will take on US Open semi-finalist Frances Tiafoe in the other Japan Open men’s semi-final.

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