Novak Djokovic reached the semifinals of the Australian Open for a seventh time on Wednesday after eighth seed Kei Nishikori retired hurt when trailing 6-1, 4-1 in their quarterfinal.
Top seed and six-time champion Djokovic will meet Frenchman Lucas Pouille, a maiden Grand Slam semifinalist, on Friday for a place in Sunday's final.
Pouille continued his unlikely run at the Australian Open by stunning in-form Canadian Milos Raonic 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-4.
The odds were stacked heavily against the 28th seeded Pouille on his arrival in Melbourne after he lost all three of his singles matches for France in the Hopman Cup before making a first-round exit in Sydney.
Rafa Nadal and Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas will meet in the other semifinal on Thursday.
Nishikori, who went through three five-set matches at the tournament, was clearly struggling after a handful of games in the evening match at Rod Laver Arena and had a medical time-out after losing the first set.
He grimaced as a trainer worked on his right thigh and pulled out of the match after Djokovic won the fifth game.
Although appearing untroubled by any injury niggles, Djokovic was grateful for the short match, having complained of a sore back and a "couple of issues" after battling through a taxing four-set clash against Russian Daniil Medvedev in the previous round.
"As they say, this is exactly what the doctor ordered," he told Jim Courier in their on-court interview. "It's hard to win like this, especially against Kei. We've played a lot of matches against each other. I hope it's not too serious and he has a speedy recovery.
"I've had plenty of matches so far this year .. And I'll do everything to get ready for that (next) one."© (c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2019.