Sony Open Day Nine
Nishikori Stuns Federer; Djokovic Beats Murray; Cibulkova Faces Li Na in Semis
March 26 2014 ITS Staff Miami, Florida - Second-seed Novak Djokovic defeated No.6 Andy Murray 7-5 6-3 taking another step closer for a fourth Sony Open title.
The six-time Grand Slam champion broke the reigning Wimbledon champion on the eleventh game of the first set, then capitalized on unforced errors breaking the Scot's serve on the eighth game before serving out the match in an hour and half. Djokovic will play Kei Nishikori, whom in the last match Wednesday stunned fifth-seed Roger Federer 3-6 7-5 6-4.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion was up a set and a break in the second set but could not to pull away allowing Nishikori to stay close until the tenth game of the third set. The No.20 seed raced to love-40 at 4-5 on Federer's serve but the Swiss Maestro pulled back two points to set a mini-rally. On the third match point, however, Nishkori took advantage of a short return from Federer hittng a spectacular two-handed backhand winner to clinch the match.
In women's singles quarter-final action, Australian Open runner-up Dominika Cibulkova saved multiple match points before overcoming No.3 seed Agnieszka Radwanska 3-6 7-6(5) 6-3 on Wednesday to reach the semi-finals of the Sony Open.
Radswanka was serving for the match leading 5-4 in the second set but the tenth-seed Cibulkova refused to concede fighting off three match points before holding her serve and subsequently winning the set in a tiebreak.
In the decider, Radswanka found herself immediately down a break after calling the trainer to alleviate the pain on her blistered right hand. Cibulkova hung on tough the rest of the way to secure the match after two hours and 40 minutes. She will now face World No.2 Li Na whom she lost to at the Australian Open finals in January and again in Indian Wells semi-finals two weeks ago. Li Na reached the last four after defeating former World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki 7-5 7-5 Wednesday at the Sony Open.
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Wednesday's Quarter-final Highlights
Miami Men's Singles Quarter-finals Wednesday Mar 26
20-Kei Nishikori beat 5-Roger Federer 3-6 7-5 6-4
2-Novak Djokovic beat 6-Andy Murray 7-5 6-3
Miami Women's Singles Quarter-finals Wednesday Mar 26
10-Dominika Cibulkova beat 3-Agnieszka Radwanska 3-6 7-6(5) 6-3
2-Li Na beat 11-Caroline Wozniacki 7-5 7-5