Nadal on track for Federer showdown

Sock's 6-2, 6-1 win over Jared Donaldson on Tuesday made him the next obstacle in the path of Nadal's quest for a rematch of his memorable 2005 Miami final loss to Federer. It was a double positive thing.

"That was the key of the second set, two-love (down), 15-40", Nadal said in his courtside interview.

The Miami Open could see Nadal take on Roger Federer in the final, a repeat of the 2017 Australian Open final, but should he defeat Sock in his next game, the Spaniard will have to defeat Kei Nishikori to make it to the finals. I went back on the return.

"That happened. and I think my serve worked so good in the second and third set", added Nadal, who next faces France's Nicolas Mahut.

That said, Fognini is possibly one victory from meeting Federer, the player he respects so much, in the Miami Open championship match.

"So I think it's a positive for both of us that we can still (be) around here and be very competitive nearly every week that we are playing".

It took the 29-year-old barely an hour to beat Nishikori in a match in which both players struggled on serve.

For the moment, Fognini pointed out: "I'm just happy".

Williams, at 36 the oldest woman in the field, downed Kerber in straight sets, winning 7-5, 6-3 while Konta fought back to beat Romania's Simon Halep 3-6, 7-6 (9/7), 6-2. Of course it's a big, big tournament for me.

The Spaniard, who has never won the Miami title, got the only break of the match to go 5-4 up in the first set and said he expected a strong challenge from Sock. "The game has evolved, I had to adjust, but overall I do believe I'm probably a better player than I was 10 years ago". "I resisted well the first few games of the second, and then I think I played a great second and third set", he said.

The most exciting match of the day wasn't even played on stadium court, but over at the grandstand, with top seed Stan Wawrinka trying to get a 32nd birthday present in the form of a victory over the teenage sensation, Alexander Zverev, but it turned out not to be.

  • Julie Sanders