Nishikori stuns Federer in Miami

  • Last Updated: March 27 2014, 7:48 GMT

Kei Nishikori set up a semi-final showdown with Novak Djokovic at the Sony Open after a superb win over Roger Federer.

 Roger Federer leaves court after losing to Kei Nishikori
Roger Federer leaves court after losing to Kei Nishikori

Nishikori looked set to be on his way to a straight-sets defeat against the 2005 and 2006 champion as he trailed by a set and a break.

However, the 20th seed rallied brilliantly in Miami to record a 3-6 7-5 6-4 victory in two hours and eight minutes.

“I thought I really played well, especially in the third," Nishikori said. "I was hitting both deep and striking well. Everything was going well.

"There was couple of tough moments, but I was fighting through and happy to win today."

Federer, the fifth seed, was left to rue what could have been as after having seemingly been in control.

"I just couldn't find my rhythm on the serve today," Federer said. "It was surprising especially after how well I have served and played this week.

"I had the set and a break and up a break again so it is a little frustrating.

"He was more consistent in the second and third so all credit to him."