SONY OPEN TENNIS
Ferrer Beats Nishikori For QF Spot
World No. 5 David Ferrer reached the quarter-finals of the Sony Open Tennis on Tuesday in Miami, dismissing No. 13 seed Kei Nishikori 6-4, 6-2 on Stadium Court.
Ferrer broke serve four times to advance past Nishikori in 81 minutes. The third seed improved to 3-2 against the Japanese No. 1, having won their fourth-round encounter at the Australian Open en route to a semi-final showing in January.
“Today was a very good match. I played my best match in the [past] couple of weeks,” said Ferrer. “Every match is different and today I played a good level. It was very close in the first set.”
The 30-year-old Spaniard is seeking his second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown, following his triumph in Paris this past November (d. Janowicz). Ferrer will look to get through to his third semi-final at Crandon Park when he plays Jurgen Melzer.
The Austrian prevailed in an all-unseeded match-up, rallying for a 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory over Albert Ramos. After being broken twice in the first set, Melzer did not lose serve again to top Ramos in one hour and 47 minutes. Melzer won the Dallas 2 Challenger ahead of Miami and will contest his first quarter-final at a Masters 1000 tournament in nearly two years (2011 Monte-Carlo).
Eighth seed Richard Gasquet battled past 10th-seeded Nicolas Almagro 6-7(3), 7-5, 7-6(3) to move through to the last eight in Miami for the first time on his eighth appearance. Gasquet opened an early mini break lead in the decisive tie-break to prevail in two hours and 39 minutes, registering his second straight win over Almagro.
The Frenchman is aiming to win his third title of the season, having tasted victory in Doha (d. Davydenko) and Montpellier (d. Paire). The World No. 10 has reached three Masters 1000 finals, finishing runner-up at Hamburg in 2005 (l. to Federer) and Toronto in 2006 (l. to Federer) and 2012 (l. to Djokovic).