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Tennis: Nishikori stuns Federer to reach Miami semis, will meet Djokovic next

Published on Mar 27, 2014 4:53 PM
Kei Nishikori of Japan plays a backhand against Roger Federer of Switzerland during their quarter final round match during day 10 at the Sony Open at Crandon Park Tennis Centre, on March 26, 2014, in Key Biscayne, Florida. -- PHOTO: AFP

MIAMI (Reuters) - A tireless Kei Nishikori shocked 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 on Wednesday to claim his second top five scalp in two days and reach the semi-finals of the Sony Open.

After knocking off fourth-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer in a three-hour marathon on Tuesday, the 21st-ranked Japanese was forced to go the distance again, surviving a two-hour centre-court battle with Federer.

Nishikori has been one of Federer's few bogeymen, having now gotten the better of the Swiss maestro in two of their three career meetings.

"To beat Roger, and it's second time to beat him... I thought I really played well, especially in the third," he told reporters. "I was hitting both deep and striking well. Everything was going well.

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