Federer reaches Miami Open semis

  • Federer reaches Miami Open semis

Federer reaches Miami Open semis

Roger Federer will take on Nick Kyrgios in the semi-final of the Men's Singles clash of the 2017 Miami Open at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park on 31 March, Friday.

The 18-time Grand Slam champion continued his dominance with another straight sets win, this time over Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in their fourth-round meeting on Tuesday.

Kyrgios used big serves Thursday against Zverev and bounced back from an intense second-set tiebreaker to secure the intriguing rematch with Federer.

The Dane, ranked 14th in the world, dropped a gruelling 62-minute opening set against the Czech second seed before recovering to win 5-7 6-1 6-1.

There was plenty of tension in the match-deciding tie-breaker, where Federer saved match point and then Berdych lost on a double-fault.

A disappointing double fault brought the Czech's challenge to an end and Federer edged through 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 after nearly two hours on the court.

The pair were due to meet in the quarter-finals in Indian Wells a fortnight ago but Kyrgios, who has beaten Novak Djokovic twice this year, was forced to withdraw through illness. "He's going to continually make me better", said Kyrgios.

Federer came into the day as the hottest player on the planet, and early on against Tomas Berdych the Swiss was in charge, breaking Berdych right from the start.

But he netted a forehand to squander his first match point, handing Federer serve.

Australian 12th seed Kyrgios required six match points against the 19-year-old German, prevailing 6-4 6-7 (9-11) 6-3 at Key Biscayne. Then you see how much I'm frustrated.

"It s obviously not something that you want, to finish the tournament like that". Both matches took place past year, with Federer prevailing on clay in Rome and Zverev scoring an upset on grass in Halle.

Federer is targeting another final against Nadal, who faces Italy's Fabio Fognini in the other semifinal. Kyrgios continues to show this improved play where he stays focused for most of the match and doesn't have these mental lapses where he throws games away. I don t know.

Berdych has an uphill task and even his best game might not be enough to stop his 34-year-old opponent, who has been in rampant form, that has taken the tennis fraternity by surprise.