Miami Open: Nadal Beats Fognini To Advance Into Final

Former world number one Rafael Nadal has reached the final of the ongoing 2017 Miami Open with a dominant straight-sets win over Fabio Fognini of Italy.‎

The 14-time Grand Slam champion won 6-1 7-5 to set up a final with either Roger Federer or Nick Kyrgios, who play their semi-final on Saturday. Fognini, 29, had become the first unseeded player in to make the semi-final in a decade by beating Japanese tennis star Kei Nishikori.

Nadal proved to be a step too far for the world number 40 who struggled for the better part of the match. Federer, who defeated Nadal in the Australian Open final earlier this year, booked his semi-final place with a victory over Czech 10th seed Tomas Berdych for his 17th win from 18 matches this year.

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios defeated Alexander Zverev in the quarter-finals. The 19-year-old German had beaten Stan Wawrinka in the quarter-final.

In the women’s draw, British number one Johanna Konta will play Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in the final. Konta, 25, had earlier became the first British woman to reach the final with a 6-4 7-5 victory over Venus Williams in their semi-final match on Thursday.

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