Rafael Nadal downs Fabio Fognini to reach fifth Miami final

But he quickly regained his footing and beat unseeded Fabio Fognini 6-1, 7-5.

Again, it was a thriller, Kyrgios saving match points when 6-5 and 8-7 down, forcing a decider with an ace out wide.

Federer triumphed in that meeting 12 years ago, before Nadal lost to Nikolay Davydenko in 2008, then Novak Djokovic in both 2011 and 2014.

As Kyrgios served at 5-4 in the deciding tie-break, needing only two points for victory, a voice from the crowd yelled "out" as he set up for a hard forehand from behind the baseline. He's playing in the tournament for the 13th time, making it his longest title drought at any event.

"I definitely got very lucky at the end but I think I showed great heart today and I fought". There will be a first-time Key Biscayne women's champion Saturday when Caroline Wozniacki plays Johanna Konta.

"Normally I would have a break at the beginning of the second". Last year I had really bad injury at the beginning of the year.

In a match between the most popular man in tennis and the most misunderstood, the fans played a significant role in pushing Federer over the line.

There was little drama in Nadal's 6-1, 7-5 win over Italian Fabio Fognini. "The second set was tough". Fognini hit a drop shot to cause the sneaker malfunction, laughed at length while Nadal retied his shoe and played better after that.

"I will try to be ready for the final".

The contest went the way of serve until the 11th game, as a double-fault from the Italian gifted Nadal a vital break, which he made the most of by serving out for the match.

  • Julie Sanders