Miami Open, 2017

Rafael Nadal (No. 5) didn’t give American Jack Sock (No. 13) a chance, in their quarterfinal match. The intensity thrown at Sock forced error after error, leaving him shrugging his shoulders in despair. Nadal closed the match in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3. Next for Nadal is Fabio Fognini, the only unseeded player to advance to the semifinals in Miami. On the other side of the draw, Roger Federer will battle a keen Nick Kyrgios for a coveted spot in Sunday’s final. Of course, the tennis world is anticipating that both Nadal and Federer will prevail. That would give sport something to cheer about. Nadal has never won the Miami Masters. He was runner-up in 2005 to Federer, runner-up to Nikolay Davydenko in 2008, and runner-up to Novak Djokovic 2011 and 2014.
Photo credit Karla Kinne
Kei Nishikori, the number two seed at the Miami Open, squeaked past Federico Delbonis, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals. However, the match zapped his energy and skill, leaving him flatfooted against Fabio Fognini. The Italian, the only unseeded player to advance to the semifinals is scheduled to play Rafael Nadal Friday for a spot in Sunday’s final. Photo credit Karla Kinne




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