Ferrer beats Nishikori to reach Miami QFs, Simon ousts Tipsarevic

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David Ferrer made fairly light work of Kei Nishikori in their fourth round contest at the 2013 Miami Masters, defeating the Japanese 6-4 6-2 in just under an hour and a half. Ferrer, who will move back to No.4 in the rankings after this tournament, took an early break on his way to a 3-0 lead in the first. An opportunity for the double break arose at 4-1 but he couldn’t convert from a 15-40 position. Serving for the set at 5-3, Ferrer held a set point but failed to convert as Nishikori earned his first and only break point of the match. He would take it to get back on serve, but Ferrer ground out a break right back to take the set, at the fourth time of asking after Nishikori failed to convert two game points.

The second set was much easier, with Ferrer dropping just three points on serve in a fairly easy set. A break for 3-1 all but ended the match as a contest with Ferrer unbreakable. Serving to stay in the match at *2-5, Nishikori fell to 0-30 and 15-40 holes and would be broken in a tame end to the match.

Gilles Simon outlasted Janko Tipsarevic to move on, defeating the Serbian 5-7 6-2 6-2 in 2 hours 32 minutes. It possibly should have been over much earlier with Simon holding a break lead over Tipsarevic at 5-3, with the opportunity to serve the set out after the 7th seed held. He took the first point but Tipsarevic reeled off four straight points on his way to the break and would break once more to take the set in a run of four straight games.

Simon had always dominated this match up, with a 6-2 head to head record (although one was by retirement), and took charge early in the second breaking for a 2-1 lead. Unlike the first, there was no let down for the Frenchman although he did have to save two break points at 3-2 up. After doing so, he would get the insurance break to take a 5-2 lead but it would matter little as he served out the set at the first time of asking to level it up.

Simon failed to convert a 0-40 situation on the Tipsarevic serve early but would not be denied at the next opportunity, moving into a *3-2 lead. In an almost identical situation to the second, Simon held after facing two break points before adding an extra break to serve for the match at 5-2. The longest game of the match was reserved for the final one, with Simon saving five break points and needing five match points to close out the match.

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