Result: Kei Nishikori fights back to knock out Roger Federer in Miami

Kei Nishikori celebrates victory over Donald Young during their Australian Open third round match on January 18, 2014
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Kei Nishikori beats Roger Federer 3-6 7-5 6-4 to earn a spot in the semi-finals of the Miami Masters.

Kei Nishikori has booked his spot in the semi-finals of the Miami Masters by beating Roger Federer 3-6 7-5 6-4 in an enthralling last-eight meeting.

The Japanese ace was pushed all the way in his first service game, but he held his nerve to save two break points on his way to getting on the scoreboard.

However, the 20th seed handed the advantage to Federer just a few minutes later when the former world number one secured the first break of serve in the match.

Despite handing Nishikori a way back into the set with a poor service game of his own, Federer managed to break his opponent once more on his way to success in the opener.

Breaks of serve proved to be a common theme as the pair traded breakthroughs early in the second set, with Federer's first-serve percentage dropping below 50% for most of the contest.

The fifth seed allowed another lead to slip away by losing his serve just moments after breaking in the seventh game of the set.

Nishikori made the crucial play by claiming a break at the end of the second set to win 7-5, taking the match into a decider.

The third set stayed with serve for nine games as both players looked for the vital breakthrough which would give them control of the quarter-final clash.

Federer was forced to save two match points on his own serve, but he was unable to avoid defeat as Nishikori took his third opportunity to knock out the 18-time Grand Slam winner with a backhand winner.

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1Scotland flag Andy Murray7,750
2Spain Rafael Nadal7,555
3Switzerland Roger Federer7,145
4Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,780
5Serbia Novak Djokovic5,325
6Croatia Marin Cilic5,155
7Alexander Zverev4,470
8Austria Dominic Thiem4,030
9Japan Kei Nishikori3,285
10Canada Milos Raonic3,230
11Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov3,070
12France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,770
13Belgium David Goffin2,560
14Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,425
15Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,390
16United States Jack Sock2,335
17Pablo Carreno Busta2,305
18Lucas Pouille2,220
19United States John Isner2,110
20United States Sam Querrey2,060