Miami Open: John Isner to face Djokovic in semis

World number 24 John Isner showcased an exceptional performance in the last eight of the Miami Open, knocking fourth seed Kei Nishikori out on straight sets.

The 12th seed did not face a single break point, and nailed 13 aces and 33 winners to secure a 6-4, 6-3 win, which effectively allowed him to book a semi-final tie against Djokovic.

The victory means that Nishikori drops back to fourth on the world ranking, with Murray reclaiming his third spot. At the same time, Isner is also the first American to reach the Miami Open semis, since Mardy Fish did so in 2011.

“I played extremely well today,” Isner told AP.

“I needed to play well in order to beat a player like Kei and that’s what I did. From start to finish, I felt like I was aggressive. I was playing all the right shots and things just went my way,” he added.

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