Nadal marks 1000th win at Miami Open

Jack Sock of the USA in action against Rafael Nadal of Spain during their quarterfinal match at the Miami Open tennis tournament on Key Biscayne, Miami, Florida, USA, 29 March 2017.

We are just two wins away from another Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal showdown as the Miami Open semi-final line-up beckons.

The Spaniard made light work of the American, who was a break up at the start of the second set, winning 6-2 6-3 to secure his place in the last four.

Meanwhile, second seed Nishikori crashed out of the tournament as he lost 6-4 6-2 against Italian Fognini.

Nadal will now play Fabio Fognini, the unseeded Italian pulling off the shock of the day earlier by defeating second-seed Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-4, 6-2.

Yesterday, Federer was set to take on Czech 10th-seed Tomas Berdych while the last quarterfinal pitted Germany's Alexander Zverev against Australia's Nick Kyrgios. Nadal, who made a comeback from a long injury-layoff past year, has been consistent in the new season as he defied odds to reach the title match of Australian Open and followed it up with another final appearance in Acapulco but ended up on the losing side on both the occasions. In the second set, it was so important to save that game at 0-2, 15/40, and then get the break back in the next game. "I had to be aggressive". "I am very happy, I'm in the semifinal, I'm playing well and I feel good again on the court", he said courtside.

"The matches will get tougher from the next (round) so I hope to push myself and keep my spirits up", he said.

Fognini also defeated Nadal in a dramatic five-setter at the 2015 U.S. Open that saw Fognini rally from two sets down. Maybe on the offensive side, overall, I think I'm doing definitely a few things better than I ever have.

"For me, it was something impossible to even dream about what happened later", Nadal said. He is the first unseeded player to reach the Miami semifinals in 10 years. Fognini topped Donald Young 6-0, 6-4.

"It's related to the previous injury I sustained nearly four weeks ago in Delray Beach", said Raonic, adding he would not return to the tour until he felt 100 percent fit.

  • Julie Sanders