Nishikori saves five match points, reaches semis

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Gael Monfils (L) congratulates Kei Nishikori after Nishikori won their Miami Open quarterfinal; Getty Images

Kei Nishikori has overcome five match points to defeat Frenchman Gael Monfils 4-6 6-3 7-6 (3) in the quarterfinals of the Miami Masters.

The No.16-seeded Monfils was soaked with sweat on a sweltering afternoon but rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the final set.

Nishikori fell behind 0-40 serving at 4-5 but erased those match points and another in that game, and overcame one more match point serving in the 12th game.

He played a solid tiebreaker and closed out the victory with a forehand winner.

Seeded No. 6, Nishikori will play the winner of the match later today between world No.12 Milos Raonic and Australian Nick Kyrgios.

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