Miami - Japan's Kei Nishikori came through a tough test
against Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, 7-6 (7/2), 6-7 (5/7) 6-1 at the Miami Open
on Sunday, his three sets win taking him into the last 16.
Last year's beaten finalist, Nishikori will face Argentine
Federico Delbonis who beat Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff.
Verdasco has yet to post a win against a top ten opponent
this year but showed plenty of spirit in a two hours 44 minute contest on
centre court at Crandon Park fighting back to win a second set tie-break.
But Nishikori stepped up in the third, running away with the
set to ensure his progress.
France's Nicolas Mahut beat Argentine Guido Pella 6-4 6-3
and will face the winner of Sunday's clash between Rafa Nadal and Germany's
Philipp Kohlschreiber in the last 16.
Injury-plagued world number five Milos Raonic pulled out of
the tournament shortly before his match against American Jared Donaldson,
citing a recurrence of a hamstring injury.
Raonic originally suffered the injury in the semi-final at
Delray Beach and was forced to forfeit the final against American Jack Sock. He
then missed this month's Masters event at Indian Wells.
Results from ATP and WTA Miami Open Sunday (x denotes seed):
Rafael Nadal (ESP x5) bt Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER x26) 0-6, 6-2, 6-3
Nicolas Mahut (FRA) bt Guido Pella (ARG) 6-4, 6-3
Jack Sock (USA x13) bt Jiri Vesely (CZE) 6-3, 7-6 (7/0)
Jared Donaldson (USA) bt Milos Raonic (CAN x3) -- walkover
Fabio Fognini (ITA) bt Jrmy Chardy (FRA) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
Donald Young (USA) bt Benot Paire (FRA) 7-6 (7/2), 6-4
Federico Del Bonis (ARG) bt Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) 7-6 (7/5), 6-1
Kei Nishikori (JPN x2) bt Fernando Verdasco (ESP x25) 7-6 (7/2), 6-7 (5/7), 6-1
Angelique Kerber (GER x1) bt Shelby Rogers (USA) 6-4, 7-5
Risa Ozaki (JPN) bt Julia Goerges (GER) 7-6 (7/5), 6-3
Johanna Konta (GBR x10) bt Pauline Parmentier (FRA) 6-4, 6-0
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS x7) bt Taylor Townsend (USA) 6-4, 6-2
Venus Williams (USA x11) bt Patricia Tig (ROM) 6-3, 6-0
Samantha Stosur (AUS x14) bt Shuai Peng (CHN) 4-6, 6-3, 7-5
Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) bt Madison Keys (USA) 7-5, 7-5
Simona Halep (ROM x3) bt Anett Kontaveit (EST) 6-3, 6-0