After Kei Nishikori battled for 3 hours 5 minutes to defeat David Ferrer in a third set tiebreak, Roger Federer took just 49 minutes to send Richard Gasquet packing. The Swiss maestro was dominant, continuing his strong serving this season, as he lost only eight points on serve in the 6-1 6-2 clinic. Federer hit five aces to no double faults, winning 88% of points on his first serve, along with 25 winners. He has lost just 18 points on serve this week at Crandon Park.
Picking his spots, the two-time Sony Open champion won six of eight points at net and converted all but one of six break point opportunities.
The win books a ninth quarterfinal in Miami for Federer, who will take on Nishikori Wednesday night. The Swiss can move up to #4 in the rankings Monday with a semifinal appearance or better, or if Tomas Berdych does not win the title. If Federer goes on to win his third Sony Open title, he will move to #3 when the new rankings are released Monday.
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