Tennis: Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori survive tough tests to reach fourth round of Miami Open

Tennis players Rafael Nadal (left) and Kei Nishikori survive tough tests to advance to the fourth round of Miami Open.
Tennis players Rafael Nadal (left) and Kei Nishikori survive tough tests to advance to the fourth round of Miami Open.PHOTOS: AFP

MIAMI (AFP) - Rafael Nadal came back from an awful first set to defeat Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber 0-6, 6-2, 6-3 and advance to the fourth round of the Miami Open on Sunday.

The Spaniard, playing his 1,000th ATP match, suffered just the 14th 0-6 set of his career, claiming just 33 per cent of first-serve points won and making a string of unforced errors.

After looking badly out of sorts, he was able to rediscover his form in the second set and in the end ran out a comfortable winner.

Nadal will next face France's Nicolas Mahut, who beat Argentine Guido Pella 6-4, 6-3.

Japan's Kei Nishikori came through a tough test against Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, finally winning 7-6 (7-2), 6-7 (5-7), 6-1.

Last year's beaten finalist, Nishikori will face Argentine Federico Del Bonis, who beat Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff 7-6 (7-5), 6-1.

Injury-plagued world No. 5 Milos Raonic pulled out of the tournament shortly before his match against American Jared Donaldson, citing a recurrence of a hamstring injury.

Canada's Raonic originally suffered the injury in the semi-final at Delray Beach and was forced to forfeit the final against American Jack Sock. He then missed this month's Masters event at Indian Wells.