Two-time Sony Open champion Roger Federer stormed into the quarter-final, where he will meet the fourth seed vanquisher Kei Nishikori for a spot in the final four in Miami. The pair have split their two career meetings and will be looking to settle the score on Stadium court tomorrow afternoon. Check out the Federer vs Nishikori Head to Head.
Federer continued his trend of marvellous gameplay in his fourth round contest against Richard Gasquet, as defeated the Frenchman .The Swiss No. 1 rushed to a 4-1 lead in the opening set, easily saving the one break point he faced in the process. He would win the following two games to close out the set 6-1 in 23 minutes – all while hitting 11 winners and securing 83% of his first service points.
The second set was an even stronger performance from the Swiss No. 2, who raised his service accuracy to 92% on first serves and 88% on second serves in the second half of the match, needing only 26 minutes to finish the match 6-1, 6-2.
Federer has now lost only 18 points on his serve in his three matches played in Miami, and has faced only one break point. He will now look ahead to a rubber match against Kei Nishikori.
“It was one of those thrilling end to the matches… Kei did a good job getting it done at the end,” said Federer, who watched the match along with the other players on site. “I only played him twice but practised with him many times, so we know each other well so there are no real secrets out there.
“Clearly I think it’s an advantage at this point now that I had a quick match today and he had a really brutal match against Ferrer. Can I take advantage of it? Can he recover quickly? We will see tomorrow. But I’m sure we will see him out on the court, and he will give it everything he has. He always has.”
Japanese No. 1 Kei Nishikori weathered Spain’s David Ferrer to win their fourth round encounter 7-6(7), 2-6, 7-6(9). It was a dramatic finish, with Nishikori saving four match points to defeat the 4th ranked Ferrer. The world No. 21 struck four aces but was not as strong on his serve as he would have liked, winning 63% of his points on first serve, while conceding half of the break point he faced (7/14). This was particularly evident in the second set, which was the shortest in the encounter. He managed to find the necessary consistency in the deciding set, even though he had commit 52 errors during the match.
This is Nishikori’s first jaunt into the quarter-final round of the Miami Masters event, having lost to Ferrer in the fourth round last season.
This marks the third time that Federer and Nishikori will meet on the ATP tour, with the series tied at 1-1. Nishikori won the most recent encounter in Madrid last year, yet he will be playing a very different Federer tomorrow afternoon. While the Swiss No. 2 had a terrible 2013 season, he has since rebounded with a title win in Dubai and finals appearances in Brisbane and Indian Wells last week. Federer new racquet has also helped bring about the second coming of his infamous service ability and Nishikori will have a hard time beating him this time around.
Prediction: Roger Federer in Straight Sets