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Federer Outlasts Kyrgios to Set Up Nadal Final in Miami

Federer Outlasts Kyrgios to Set Up Nadal Final in Miami

They got their wish after tennis' polite elder statesman Federer outlasted fiery 21-year-old Australian Nick Kyrgios 7-6 (11-9), 6-7 (9-11), 7-6 (7-5) in an electrifying Friday night semifinal that stretched three hours and 11 minutes and will go down as one of the most memorable matches in tournament history.

The 35-year-old's victory sets up a re-match of January's Melbourne Park title-decider against Spaniard Nadal, who earlier rolled over unseeded Italian Fabio Fognini 6-1 7-5.

Australian Open champion Federer, who also won at Indian Wells two weeks ago, is playing some of the best tennis of his career and appears completely recovered from a knee injury that kept him out of the second half of previous year.

The fifth seed, who did not face a single break point, lost only nine points overall on serve throughout the hour-and-a-half match and only three of his 15 second-serve points.

The big final is going to take place tomorrow, we can not wait to see the big confrontation between the megastars.

Rafael Nadal, of Spain, hits a return to Fabio Fognini, of Italy, during their men's semifinal match at the Miami Open tennis tournament, Friday, March 31, in Key Biscayne, Fla.

When it comes to getting into contention for the top ranking, the Miami Masters final is very important for both Federer and Nadal. I'll be ready on Sunday.

But the Spanish fifth-seed quickly regained his footing in a routine 6-1 7-5 victory.

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Despite the hostile crowd, Kyrgios fired back with aggression, flare and even a "monster" serve in the third-set tie breaker before double-faulting and handing Federer the chance to serve for the match.

"It's great winning this way, especially of course I remember the loss against him few years ago", Federer told reporters.

"I got a good start to the second set and that kind of got me fired up", Wozniacki said.

The Italian came to life in the second set, including a stretch where he fended off five break points during his first two service games.

Federer and Nadal will now play each other for the 37th time in their illustrious careers, and this time the Miami Open championship will be hanging in the balance. "I thought the crowd would have enjoyed it". "I'm just excited to play against Roger always".

"I showed a lot of fight".

Kyrgios and Federer continued to hold serve throughout the second set, forcing the pair into another tiebreaker. Kyrgios won the first one in Madrid, and it was one of the matches where the young, brash Aussie announced himself as a future star of the game.

"I don't think that's going to affect in terms of helping me to win or helping me to lose". The Swiss Maestro has a three-match winning streak active against Nadal, one that has improved the complexion of their head-to-head series from Federer's point of view a bit.


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