| Novak Djokovic |
Miami: A tireless Kei Nishikori shocked 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 on Wednesday to claim his second top five scalp in two days and reach the semi-finals of the Miami Masters.
After knocking off fourth-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer in a three-hour marathon on Tuesday, the 21st ranked Japanese was forced to go the distance again, surviving a two-hour centre court battle with Federer.
The victory set-up a semi-final meeting against world No. 2 Novak Djokovic, who ended Andy Murray’s reign as a Miami champion by easing past the Briton 7-5, 6-3.
Breaks were hard to come by for Djokovic and Murray in a tight opening set. Murray had only a single break opportunity against the Serb while Djokovic was able to convert one of his three chances, with the help of a controversial point.
The first set ended in an argument between Murray and the chair umpire, the Scotsman furious that Djokovic was given a point to open the decisive game even though it was clear the Serb reached across the net to hit the ball.
A distracted Murray then lost the next three points on unforced errors as Djokovic claimed the break and set.
Among women, world No. 2 Li Na powered her way past 11th seed Caroline Wozniacki 7-5, 7-5, setting up another rematch of the Australian Open final against Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova.
Earlier, Cibulkova fought off three match points to claim a 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 upset win over third seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland.