Kei Nishikori advanced to the final of the Miami Open on Friday after beating Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 7-5.
Nishikori has only managed to reach the final of one other tournament this year, which was at the Memphis Open in February, where he won his fourth consecutive title.
The Japanese sensation looked in superb form early on as he broke Kyrgios to race out to a 3-1 lead. Even though Kyrgios managed to reduce the deficit to 4-3, Nishikori maintained his composure and broke the Australian in the ninth game to clinch the first set.
Heading into the second set, the world number six broke Kyrgios in the second game to take a 2-0 lead, but the 20-year-old broke back in the third game before both players refused to give anything away off their serves.
However, Nishikori broke the deadlock and booked his spot in the final when he broke Kyrgios in the 12th game of the set.
Nishikori will face Novak Djokovic in the final after the world number one battled past David Goffin 7-6 (5), 6-4.