Nadal eases past Sock in Miami

Rafael Nadal breezed into the semi-finals of the Miami Open on Wednesday night with a straight sets victory over young American Jack Sock.

The 30-year old Spaniard triumphed 6-2, 6-3 and is closing in on a first title in Key Biscayne after finishing runner-up on four occasions. 

The win was not as comfortable as the scoreboard suggested.

After taking the first 6-2, Nadal was trailing 0-2 and 15-40 down in the second set before he managed to turn on the style, winning six of the next seven games to seal the match and his place in the last four.

Nadal will now play Fabio Fognini, the unseeded Italian pulling off the shock of the day earlier by defeating second-seed Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-4, 6-2.