Kei Nishikori extended his winning streak to 14 matches in Madrid with a three set victory over David Ferrer in just under three hours. He was made to work all the way for the 7-6 5-7 6-3 victory, needing TEN match points before finally closing out the match.
Nishikori, who finally cracked the top 10 with his run this week, showed major resolve in the first set to get himself out of a *2-5 deficit to take the first set in a tiebreak. He found himself with match point in the second at 5-4 after coming from a break down but failed to take it as Ferrer dragged himself back into the match with a break at 6-5* for the set.
A break for 4-2 gave Nishikori control before the decisive ninth game came along. Serving at *5-3, Nishikori failed to convert 40-0 with five straight points lost to give Ferrer a break point. Three more break points and five more match points came and went before he finally closed it out for his fourth top 10 win of the year.
Nishikori faces Rafael Nadal in the final, who won in straight sets against Roberto Bautista-Agut. Their meeting earlier in the year in Melbourne ended in straight sets for the Spaniard.