KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Rafael Nadal is through to the quarterfinals of the Miami Open with a 6-4, 7-6(4) over Nicolas Mahut on Tuesday.
Nadal, who had to rally from 6-0 down in his third round match against Philipp Kohlschreiber, came out sharp today, breaking Mahut in the ninth game of the first se. The Spaniard faces American Jack Sock, who Jack Sock cruised past compatriot and qualifier Jared Donaldson 6-2, 6-1.
Earlier on Tuesday, No. 2 seed Kei Nishikori survived a scare with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 win over Federico Delbonis. The Japanese superstar next meets Fabio Fognini, who defeated Donald Young 6-0, 6-4.
No. 2 seed Karolina Pliskova booked her spot in the semifinals after she avenged her Australian loss to Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in January. Today the Czech beat the 35-year-old 6-3, 6-4.
"First of all, I think I played much better here than I was playing there," said Pliskova during her post-match presser. "Also the condition is different. I think she was also playing better tennis there because was faster and the conditions a little bit warmer, balls were different.
"So I think just suits her better in Australia. And even I think she had some chances in the second set and then the third set you never know what can happen, butdefinitely identification feeling more confident with this match today," said the No. 2 seed.