Rafael Nadal sets up Miami Open final vs Roger FedererApril 1, 2017
Rafa Nadal rolled by unseeded Italian Fabio Fognini 6-1 7-5 on Friday to reach his fifth Miami Open final and set up a rematch of the Australian Open decider with Roger Federer. (Latest Tennis stories)
The fifth-seeded Spaniard, with a display of powerful serving and opportunistic returns, did not face a break point against Fognini and put his opponent’s serve under pressure throughout the 90-minute match.
Nadal raced through the first set in 26 minutes, losing only four points on serve while Fognini made 14 unforced errors.
The Italian came to life in the second set, including a stretch where he erased five break points during his first two service games.
But at 5-5, just when it looked as if Fognini might force a decisive third set, he double faulted and Nadal got his break before sealing the match four points later.
Nadal, who has never who won the Miami title, will face twice champion Federer, who battled past the 12th-seeded Australian Nick Kyrgios 7-6 6-7 7-6 in the second semi-final.
Federer made a stunning return from a six-month injury layoff to win the Australian Open in January, and also beat Nadal in the last 16 at Indian Wells en route to winning a record-tying fifth title there.