Nadal, Nishikori safely through in Miami

Nishikori, who lost to Novak Djokovic in last year's Miami final, will face Italian Fabio Fognini who defeated American Donald Young 6-0, 6-4.

Fourteen-time grand slam champion Rafael Nadal   -  Getty Images

 

Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori moved into the quarter-finals of the Miami Open with victories at Key Biscayne on Tuesday.

Nadal beat France's Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) in a tightly fought contest and will face American Jack Sock who comfortably beat his compatriot Jared Donaldson 6-2, 6-1.

The Spaniard, who has never won the Miami title, got the only break of the match to go 5-4 up in the first set.

Second seed Kei Nishikori of Japan reached the quarterfinals of the Miami Open on Tuesday, surviving a second set scare against Argentine Federico Delbonis before winning 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

Nishikori, who lost to Novak Djokovic in last year's Miami final, will face Italian Fabio Fognini who defeated American Donald Young 6-0, 6-4.