Men's Tennis (ATP)

Djokovic ends Murray's reign in Miami; Nishikori upsets Federer

Key Biscayne, FL ( - Three-time champion Novak Djokovic straight-setted defending titlist Andy Murray in a quarterfinal showdown Wednesday at the $4.7 million Sony Open, the second straight ATP Masters 1000 event.

The second-seeded former world No. 1 Djokovic dismissed his sixth-seeded Murray, 7-5, 6-3, in 90 minutes on the hardcourts at Crandon Park. Djokovic smacked seven aces and broke Murray on three occasions, while the British star settled for only one break on Day 8 of this 12-day tournament.

Djokovic, who came back from a break down in the second set, is now 12-8 lifetime against Murray, including a 3-1 record in Miami, where Murray resides part time. Murray topped Djokovic in last year's Wimbledon final.

Murray beat Spaniard David Ferrer in last year's Miami final and also titled here in 2009 and was the 2012 runner-up to Djokovic.

Djokovic, who won this event in 2007, 2011 and 2012, is fresh off his Masters title at Indian Wells, where he beat Roger Federer in a blockbuster finale.

Djokovic and Federer were set to meet again in the semis, but the fifth-seeded Swiss great was upset by 20th-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4, in a two-hour, nine-minute battle on Wednesday night.

Nishikori reached his second Masters semi and first in 2 1/2 years.

The recent Dubai champion Federer titled in Miami in 2005 and 2006.

Two other quarterfinals will be staged on Thursday, when current world No. 1 and three-time Miami runner-up Rafael Nadal takes on 12th-seeded Milos Raonic and seventh-seeded 2010 Sony Open runner-up Tomas Berdych meets 22nd-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov.

The winner of this lucrative tournament will earn $787,000.

03/26 23:59:19 ET

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