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Federer to face Nadal for Miami crown

Federer to face Nadal for Miami crown

― Reuters picMIAMI, Apr 1 ― Rafa Nadal rolled by unseeded Italian Fabio Fognini 6-1 7-5 yesterday to reach his fifth Miami Open final and a potential rematch of the Australian Open decider with Roger Federer.

It was the experienced Federer who came out on top, beating the Australian 7-6 (11-9), 6-7 (9-11), 7-6 (7-5) in a fascinating match.

The Swiss, who has won two of his last three tournaments including the Australian Open, had to dig deep to get through a second straight test after fending off a match point in his quarter-final victory over Tomas Berdych.

Serve was more dominant in the second set and, when another tie-break was required, Kyrgios saved a match point at 7-8 when Federer netted a return.

"You don't often play three breakers in a match", Federer said.

"Here we go again: six sets against Nick and six breakers".

"It felt very good", Federer said, per BBC Sport. The final score was of 7 to 6, 6 to 7 and 7 to 6.

Kyrgios tried the same tactic on the next point, but his 128 miles per hour second serve sailed long, giving Federer third match point.

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"It's great winning this way, especially because I remember the loss against him a few years ago, It was rough".

While on first reading it may seem like both men held their serves in the first two sets, forcing the issue into a tiebreak, you would be sorely mistaken. I had some ups and downs, a bit of a roller coaster, but ultimately I think I put in a good performance.

Berdych served for the match at 6-4 in the tiebreak but Federer reeled off four points in a row, including two unplayable serves, and won when the 10th seeded Czech crumbled with an bad second serve that was both long and wide. "Then you have to be careful, I think, as you grow older, not to play too conservative when it matters. I wasn't with them and had that match, so it was nice to get this one".

Former world No 4 Gilbert, who commentated on what is already dubbed the match of the year, said the crowd was unfair.

"I showed a lot of fight". He was serving for the match at 5-3 in the third and got broken, had a match point in the next game and couldn't convert, then was down 6-4 in the breaker before winning the final four points.

It would be like a throwback to 2005, the finals we played - 2004 we played the first time ever against each other here in Miami.

The big-hitting Kyrgios was frequently booed by the crowd for racquet throwing and language - and sometimes for very little - but appeared to be enjoying the role of pantomime villain.


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