Fabio Fognini stuns Nishikori at Miami Open

Nishikori

Unseeded Italian Fabio Fognini secured a huge upset victory over fourth seed Kei Nishikori in the Miami Open quarter-finals on Wednesday.

Not many would have given Fognini much of a chance on the day. Nishikori had won both of their last encounters, and is ranked a full 36 places higher.

But Fognini didn't just win the contest, he dominated it, racing to a 6-4, 6-2 victory in just 68 minutes.

An early break quickly saw him open up a 3-1 lead, and though Nishikori regained the lost break a few games later, he immediately relinquished it again to hand his opponent the first set.

Things did not get any better for Nishikori in the second set either. Fognini again broke early for a 3-0 lead, and backed that up with another break a few games later to race to a 5-1 lead and leave his opponent floundering.

There was brief hope of a Nishikori fightback when he broke as Fognini tried to serve out the match, but he couldn't consolidate that break either.

Fognini set up two match points on Nishikori's serve in the very next game, clinching the second to book his spot in the semi-finals where he will face the winner of the match between Rafael Nadal and Jack Sock.

Comments