Result: Kei Nishikori stuns David Ferrer in Miami Masters epic

Kei Nishikori of Japan plays a backhand in his second round match against Dusan Lajovic of Serbia during day four of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 16, 2014
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Kei Nishikori knocks out fourth seed David Ferrer in a three-hour marathon to reach the quarter-finals of the Miami Masters.

Kei Nishikori knocked out fourth seed David Ferrer in a three-hour marathon this afternoon to reach the quarter-finals of the Miami Masters.

The first set was a see-saw affair as both men lost their serve three times in the opening 10 games, with Nishikori failing to serve out the opener when 5-4 ahead.

A tie-break was needed to separate them and it was 20th seed Nishikori who came through 9-7 after saving two set points.

The opener was a gruelling 79-minute set in the Florida humidity, but the second was much shorter as Ferrer broke Nishikori to love twice on his way to a 6-2 success in just half an hour.

Much like the first set, the third saw both men struggle on serve early on, with two breaks each in the first five games before a brief rain delay gave the pair a breather.

After the break, both men looked stronger on serve and soon a tie-break was again needed.

Ferrer had four match points but couldn't take any of them before Nishikori converted his first to progress to the last eight, where he will face either Roger Federer or Richard Gasquet.

David Ferrer in action against Tomas Berdych during the quarter finals of the Paris Masters on November 1, 2013
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1Spain Rafael Nadal7,645
2Scotland flag Andy Murray7,150
3Switzerland Roger Federer7,145
4Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,690
5Serbia Novak Djokovic5,325
6Alexander Zverev4,470
7Croatia Marin Cilic4,155
8Austria Dominic Thiem4,030
9Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov3,710
10Japan Kei Nishikori3,195
11Canada Milos Raonic2,870
12France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,690
13Belgium David Goffin2,525
14United States John Isner2,425
15Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,425
16Pablo Carreno Busta2,385
17United States Jack Sock2,345
18Australia Nick Kyrgios2,325
19Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,310
20Lucas Pouille2,210
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