Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are in action in the quarter-finals of the Miami Masters later today.
The dream semi-final between Federer and Nadal is just one match away and both players are in quarter-final action later today.
Federer aims to level his head-to-head against Gilles Simon when he takes on the Frenchman midway through the afternoon session on Stadium Court. Simon has given Federer plenty of problems in the past, winning some big matches against him in 2008, including at the ATP World Finals in Shanghai. Federer finally put one over Simon at the Australian Open in January but not without a major scare, coming very close to a shock exit before pulling through in five sets.
The slow hard courts of Miami should suit Simon's tactics. Unafraid to wait patiently for the errors in the long rallies, he forces Federer to make all the running and more often than not lures the Swiss into errors. However Federer has played consistently well when it matters this year and the only man to beat him has been Novak Djokovic so look for the Swiss to progress, albeit in three sets.
Nadal as ever played down his chances against 2010 Miami runner-up Tomas Berdych but the stats do not look good for the Czech. Nadal has beaten him eight times in a row since 2006, not dropping a set in any of those matches. While he has moved through the gears so far this week, Berdych has struggled through three rounds and it will be a big surprise if he gets a set tonight.
In the final match of the day, Vera Zvonareva takes on Victoria Azarenka in the second women's semi-final. Azarenka put out Kim Clijsters in the quarter-finals and the 2009 Miami champion will be favourite to make another Sony Ericsson Open final.
In this year's 2012 Miami Master, we can expect to see Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Andy Roddick on court, as well as Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitova, Kim Clijsters, Victoria Azarenka and Caroline Wozniacki. With the ATP and WTA both in great condition, this year’s event has the potential to be especially memorable, so find out early how to watch the 2012 Miami Masters
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