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Federer falls to Nishikori in Sony Open quarter-finals

The Canadian Press

3/27/2014 12:25:36 AM

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. - Roger Federer squandered a big lead and lost to No. 20-seeded Kei Nishikori 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 Wednesday night in the quarter-finals of the Sony Open.

Federer was up a service break twice in the second set but couldn't close out the victory. He lost serve five times and committed 39 unforced errors.

Nishikori's opponent Friday will be three-time champion Novak Djokovic, who benefited from an erroneous call in the pivotal game to beat Andy Murray 7-5, 6-3. The semifinal berth is Nishikori's second in an ATP Masters 1000 tournament, and his first in 2 1/2 years.