Thursday, March 27, 2014

2014 KEY BISCAYNE: Djokovic beats Murray, Nishikori beats Federer

Kei Nishikori outlasted his idol Roger Federer i the quarterfinals of the Sony Open Tennis tournament, an ATP Masters 1000 event in Key Biscayne which was won last year by Andy Murray over David Ferrer on his way to the World #2 ranking. Murray lost to Novak Djokovic in their quarterfinal after he lost his cool and the first set when Djokovic was allowed to win a point despite breaking the rule of hitting a ball on the wrong side of the net. Murray ended up losing 7-5 6-3.

The Federer-Nishikori was a more exciting affair, with Federer up a set and a break multiple times in the second set but could not consolidate the break and eventually lost 3-6 7-5 6-4 to the Japanese 24-year-old. Nishikori had survived 4 match points against World #4 Ferrer in the round before and the Federer win was his second consecutive Top 5 win. He now has a 2-1 head-to-head lead against the 17-time major champion and will face Djokovic who he has a 1-1 split against.

In today's quarterfinals, Rafael Nadal will face Milos Raonic and Tomas Berdych will face Aleksandr Dolgopolov.

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