Nadal reaches Miami quarters

2012-03-27 12:44:38

The second-seeded former world No. 1 Nadal handled 16th-seeded rising Japanese Kei Nishikori 6-4, 6-4 in 2 hours, 10 minutes at Crandon Park. The Spanish great moved on with the help of four service breaks, compared to only two for a game Nishikori.

Nadal lost to current world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in last year's Miami finale and also finished as the runner-up here in 2005 and 2008.

The 10-time major champion Nadal, who owns a record-tying 19 Masters titles, will face sixth-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or 19th-seeded German Florian Mayer in the quarterfinals.

Nadal is seeking his first title anywhere since capturing the French Open last June.

Eighth-seeded American Mardy Fish snuck into the quarters with a 6-3, 6-7 (2-7), 6-3 victory over 12th-seeded Spanish clay-court stalwart Nicolas Almagro. Fish prevailed in 2 hours, 35 minutes.

Ninth-seeded Serb Janko Tipsarevic also reached the round of eight by getting past talented 20-year-old Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 on Day 7.

The 2012 Miami champion will collect $659,775.