April 28, 2017

Miami Open: Nadal for final

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal reached the Miami Open final with a dominant straight-sets victory over Italy’s Fabio Fognini.

Spain’s 14-time Grand Slam champion won 6-1, 7-5 to set up a tie with Roger Federer or Nick Kyrgios, who play their semi-final on Saturday.

Fognini, 29, had become the first unseeded player in 10 years to make the last four by beating Kei Nishikori.

But the world number 40 struggled after a poor start against Nadal, who did not face a single break point.

Federer – who beat Nadal, 30, in the Australian Open final – booked his semi-final place with a victory over Czech 10th seed Tomas Berdych. The Swiss 35-year-old has 17 wins from 18 matches this year.

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios defeated Germany’s Alexander Zverev in the quarter-finals, the 19-year-old German having beaten Stan Wawrinka in the previous round.

British number one Johanna Konta plays Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki in the women’s final on Saturday.

Konta, 25, became the first British woman to reach the final with a 6-4 7-5 victory over Venus Williams in the last four on Thursday